Yes, this is a python question, and a serious one at that (moving to Win XP)

Chris Lambacher chris at
Tue Oct 18 19:00:37 CEST 2005

The shell that comes with MSys (from the MinGW guys). Is pretty good, although
it does have a bit of a problem with stdout output before a process exits, ie
it will hold back output until the process exits.

As a bonus, the file system is a little more sane, and if you are interested
in compiling software that is not open source, you are not tied to the Cygwin
DLL which is GPLed.

I have given up on Cygwin in favour of the tools that come with MSys because
they seem slightly better suited to the windows environment.


On Sat, Oct 15, 2005 at 08:45:17AM +0000, Jorgen Grahn wrote:
> On Fri, 14 Oct 2005 12:37:25 +0200, Christophe <chris.cavalaria at> wrote:
> > Kenneth McDonald a ?crit :
> >> For unfortunate reasons, I'm considering switching back to Win XP  (from 
> >> OS X) as my "main" system. Windows has so many annoyances that  I can 
> ...
> >> Yes, I know that Cygwin is out there, but last I looked, they still  
> >> went through the Win command-line window, which imposes a lot of  
> >> restrictions.
> ...
> > Last time I checked, you could install a native win32gui version of rxvt 
> > with cygwin. This would give you a better terminal window than that 
> > crappy thing you get in XP.
> Last time /I/ checked (two years ago or so) that rxvt looked nice enough,
> but was impossible to use in practice. I cannot remember /what/ the problem
> was -- possibly it was that it could only run CygWin-compiled commands, or
> something vital only worked with CygWin-compiled commands. Google probably
> knows more.
> I wouldn't be surprised if this has improved since then, or if someone else
> has come up with a serious Win32 terminal. There is surely a need for one!
> /Jorgen
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