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Run setup.exe. Use output dir like:


Add to your PATH env var exactly before C:WINDOWSsystem32;C:WINDOWS values:

set PATH=d:\opt\cygwin\bin;d:\opt\cygwin\usr\local\bin;%PATH%

REM Set CYGWIN variable to 'nontsec'. That makes sure that permissions
REM on your windows machine are not updated as a side effect of cygwin
REM operations.
set CYGWIN=binary nontsec nodosfilewarning codepage:cp1251 noglob

set LANG=ru_RU.cp1251

Set HOME env var (where places config file and projects):

set HOME=d:\home

Set TMP and TEMP env vars with good path (without spaces, etc.; these vars already set as used defined, so you need change their values):

set TMP=c:\tmp
set TEMP=c:\tmp

Also you need edit /etc/passwd to point to correct home path.

apt-cyg package manager

apt-cyg is based on bash, wget, tar, gawk and bzip2 packages and provide convenient commands for managing and queries packages:

$ apt-cyg update
$ apt-cyg install emacs-w32
$ apt-cyg remove emacs-w32

Information about package and dependencies:

$ apt-cyg show emacs-w32
$ apt-cyg depends wget
$ apt-cyg rdepends emacs

List installed packages:

$ apt-cyg list

Search for package with file across installed packages:

$ apt-cyg search stdio.h

Search for package with file through cygwin.com:

$ apt-cyg searchall stdio.h

List all packages in setup.ini:

$ apt-cyg listall

Find package by regex:

$ apt-cyg listall ^emacs

To switch between mirrors:

$ apt-cyg mirror ftp://ftp.cygwinports.org/pub/cygwinports
$ apt-cyg update
$ apt-cyg install php

$ apt-cyg mirror ftp://www.fruitbat.org/pub/cygwin/circa/2016/08/30/104223

To change a location of directory where packages and setup.ini downloaded:

$ apt-cyg cache

$ apt-cyg cache ~/net
Cache set to C:\home\net.
Home page.

Installation on Windows XP

Cygwin from v2.5.5 and Setup version 2.874 (on 25 Aug 2016) is latest version with Windows XP support. Later versions build with dependencies on newer syscalls and failt to run in Windows XP.

Latest mirrors avaialble at fruitbat.org:

To run setup against this mirror:

cmd> setup.exe

setup.exe available at:

Run as (-X disable signature verification, -s <url> option select a particular mirror, -O option disallow any other mirrors):

cmd> setup-x86.exe -X -s ftp://www.fruitbat.org/pub/cygwin/circa/2016/08/30/104223 -O
Description of Cygwin time machine project.
Question about Cygwin old mirror.
Question about Cygwin old mirror.
Another old mirror.

Cygwin ports.

This project provides Cygwin binary and source packages for a large variety of programs and libraries, including the GNOME and KDE desktop environments

newest home of the Cygwin Ports project
home page
official blog??

Which Cygwin version you run?

$ uname -r
$ cygcheck -c cygwin
Cygwin Package Information
Package              Version        Status
cygwin               1.7.7-1        OK

Recreate /etc/passwd and /etc/groups.

$ mkpasswd -d | grep $yourlogin > /etc/passwd  # if you in Windows domain
$ mkpasswd -l > /etc/passwd                    # if you in Windows domain

$ mkgroup -l > /etc/group

Adding mount points.


C:/foo /bar/baz ntfs text,posix=0 0 0
/var /usr/var none bind

Running X Window.

$ XWin -multiwindow&


$ XWin -clipboard -silent-dup-error -xkblayout "us,ru" -xkboptions "grp:caps_toggle"&

To start X application you must set 'DISPLAY':

$ DISPLAY=:0 xterm&

Working with packages.

List of package files.

$ cygcheck -l pkg-name

Search packages by containing path (only under installed packages).

$ for f in /etc/setup/*.lst.gz; do gzip -c -d $f | grep $WORD  2>&1 >/dev/null && { echo $f; break; } || :; done

Search for package.

If you have file name or regex use (need internet connection):

$ cygcheck -p REGEX

cygcheck use such link:


Cygwin installation info.

$ uname -a
$ cygcheck -s -r

Cygwin acronyms.

One encounters all sorts of acronyms on the Cygwin mailing lists.

Check dll dependency.

$ ldd my.dll
$ ldd my.exe
$ cygcheck ./my.dll
$ cygcheck ./my.exe

Cygwin alternatives.

Subsystem for Unix-based Applications and Services for Unix