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Re: [h-e-w] MSYS bash shell in Emacs?

From: Oleksandr Gavenko
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] MSYS bash shell in Emacs?
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 11:43:59 +0300
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On 27.06.2011 0:01, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
From: "David Vanderschel"<address@hidden>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:24:52 -0500

Is it worth trying to get the bash shell provided with MSYS to
run as a shell in Emacs?

IMO, no.  It's probably possible, given enough tinkering, but why
would you want to?  Emacs on Windows can do just fine without Bash; if
you have features that don't work without that, please tell the

I like wildcard operation on files, like M-! rm *.txt RET.

But with native Emacs + Cygwin + cygwin-mount.el.

Anyway, MSYS is just a fork of Cygwin.  Its main purpose is to allow
MinGW developers run Unix configure scripts to configure GNU software
for being built with MinGW.  Once the configure script ran, MSYS's job
is done, and you are not supposed to need it anymore.  In fact, the
MSYS developers advise to stay away of MSYS _except_ for running the
configure scripts.

Because of this do not try use MSYS for other purpose.
You only get many issue. Like sed command is too old and doesn't support
'-i' option, etc.

If you want Linux like environment use Cygwin instead!

Cygwin always come with latest Emacs release which pretty nice
integrated with Cygwin.

MSYS __ONLY__ for running the configure scripts!!

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