Who's using "CYGWIN=tty" and why?

Karl M karlm30@hotmail.com
Mon May 9 21:14:00 GMT 2011

> Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 18:10:28 +0200
> From: corinna
> Subject: Who's using "CYGWIN=tty" and why?
> Hi,
> Chris and I are wondering how many people are using the Windows console
> as local console window in CYGWIN=tty mode and why.
> Here's why we ask:
> We are both not sure why anybody would use it voluntarily, given that
> it's I/O is extremly slow, compared to using a Windows console window in
> the default CYGWIN=notty mode or, even better, mintty. Actually, we
> only keep the console tty mode up because it was "always there", 14
> years or so.
> So, if you're using a console in tty mode, why are doing that? Did you
> ever notice that it's much slower? Did you ever consider to switch to
> mintty or any other terminal emulator instead? If not, why? Would
> anybody really *miss* the CYGWIN=tty mode? If so, why? What does this
> mode have which isn't covered by notty mode or another terminal
> emulator?
> Please enlighten us, otherwise we will just rip out this terminal mode
> for good.
I use CYGWIN=tty, and have used it forever. Back in the dark ages, I recall
that there were reasons that I chose it...control character handling or
formatting? It made something I cared about work properly and four M$ operating
systems later...
I did try rxvt and didn't like the way it looked, so I stayed with a console
window and CYGWIN=tty.

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