Cygwin: What's Installed by Default and Which Unix Tool to Install

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Cygwin: What's Installed by Default and Which Unix Tool to Install

Xah Lee, 2011-06-27

So, i got a new PC. Last time, i thought that i should try VirtualBox+Linux instead of Cygwin, because i thought that would give me several advantages: improved performance, ease of software management. (See: Unix tools on Windows: Cygwin vs VirtualBox) Well, i installed VirtualBox with Ubuntu, but haven't got the hang of it. It's quite time consuming to figure it all out. For now, am back to Cygwin. lol.

Here's cygwin programs i have installed, as a record for myself.

Following programs are installed by default from cygwin core (the “Base” category in the installer): GNU coreutils, GNU findutils (find, xargs, …), grep, sed, awk, tar, gzip.

Following are not installed by cygwin by default, which i need. Those with a star are critical (to me).

openssh (ssh) ★

zip, unzip ★
bzip2 (for “.bz2”) ★

subversion ★
make ★
patchutils
git
mercurial
patch
patchutils

aspell ★
aspell english dict ★

imagemagick, graphicsmagic ★
optipng ★
exif (get meta info in images)

python ★
perl ★
ocaml
ruby
lua
scsh
chicken (scheme lisp)
clisp (common lisp)

rsync ★
unison 2.27, 2.32, 2.40 ★
curl, wget ★
wput
ncftp

whois
ping
netcat
bind

emacs,vim

webcheck (html link checker)
tidy (html reformatter)
lynx (text web browser)
w3m (text web browser)

gnupg (encrypt your files)
googlecl (google command line)
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fdupes (find duplicate files)

haskell
ctag
cron

See also: Installing Cygwin Tutorial.

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