Portable shell code between Cygwin and Linux

Thorsten Kampe thorsten@thorstenkampe.de
Tue Aug 2 20:05:00 GMT 2011

* Eliot Moss (Tue, 02 Aug 2011 11:40:44 -0400)
> On 8/2/2011 8:24 AM, Sebastien Vauban wrote:
> > Thorsten Kampe wrote:
> >> * Sebastien Vauban (Mon, 01 Aug 2011 08:46:52 +0200)
> >>> My goal is to have just 1 alias that would work both under Win32
> >>> (Cygwin) and Ubuntu
> >>
> >> Why don't have simply put your alias definitions in if [[ $OSTYPE =
> >> cygwin ]]; then else"?
> >
> > Because I really want one single definition which could work on
> > every system I'm using.
> The suggestion to use a few conditionals that look at the which OS
> you're on does not involve continued tweaking. Once you have the right
> file, it works everywhere (for which you have provided suitable cases)
> using the exact same file. It's just that different parts get executed
> on different platforms. It's not as elegant as achieving an
> arrangement with no conditionals, but it's practical and flexible.

Couldn't have said it better. Cygwin is not Linux and you just can't 
ignore the differences. For example I have different aliases for netstat 
and ps on Linux and on Windows. They just don't have the same options. 


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