Why do I need Cygwin for Yeoman?
Fri Jul 4 09:01:00 GMT 2014
I know this will seem a very facile question, but I have checked Google
and searched your archives, and I can't find the info I am looking for.
I am currently working through a Yeoman tutorial (here:
but I have never used Linux or Yeoman.
The tutorial recommends using Cygwin as a command prompt ("Most of your
interactions with Yeoman will be through the command line. Run commands
in the Terminal app if you’re on Mac, your shell in Linux, or Cygwin if
you are on Windows.").
I had never heard of Cygwin before, so I assumed it was just an enhanced
command prompt. I see from the home page that Cygwin is used to do Linus
dev in a Windows environment. I have no plans to do any Linux dev, but I
thought I may as well use whatever tools were being used in the Yeoman
tutorial. So I downloaded Cygwin... and it took several hours!
At the very end of the Cygwin download, my anti-virus software (Avast)
blocked an infected file
so I had to finish with "download incomplete".
Nothing has been installed. After such a gigantic download, I am wary of
running the setup exe - given that I thought I was just installing a
Do I actually NEED Cygwin to use Yeoman? Can I just install a Cygwin
command prompt and leave the rest?
I have no experience of Linux or Unix and therefore didn't understand a
lot of the terminology on Cygwin's homepage or what I saw when I
initiated the download. As far as I can tell, I just want a command prompt!
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