Quoting Tim Musson..
Post by Tim Musson
DWER> DOS command line sucks big time.
I agree that the 16 bit DOS command line isn't very powerful, but (and
remember, I am NOT a MS fan...) the 32 bit CMD prompt is a different beast
completely. Just like in Unix, I drop to the command line all the time to
get work done so I can avoid using the GUI.
And, to take it even further off-topic, if you really, really
want the best of both worlds, install the Cygwin 'Linux-like'
environment for Windows. http://www.cygwin.com
Cygwin is a bash shell, plus many other utilities for Windows. It
comes with perl, of course, and just about every *NIX utility
I've ever dreamed of using, short of something very specific like
Being that blat is a windows console tool, it works perfectly
with the Cygwin bash shell as well.
$ blat - -t myself -s "Test Message" -body "Would you believe I am calling blat|from Cygwin?"
Blat v2.5.0 w/GSS encryption (build : Sep 14 2005 22:46:29)
Sending stdin.txt to ***@yahoo.com
Subject: Test Message
Login name is ***@yahoo.com
Seconds later, that email showed up in my email client of choise.
Cygwin even has a handy-dandy X-Server part, so you can save the
money you might have sent Hummingbird for 'Exceed' if you need a
good program for displaying and working with X-Windows Apps.
$ startx &
Welcome to the XWin X Server
Vendor: The Cygwin/X Project
XWin was started with the following command line:
X :0 -multiwindow -clipboard
And *poof* a real resizeable xterm command window for my Windows
XP machine opens up. :)
Hmmm...now I decide I want to display the login desktop for a
couple of Linux boxes I have named 'grima' & 'hama'...no problem.
I'll use that handy xterm window to make the call to bring them
up. I'm using output redirection in the following commands to
not display the stdout & stderr of the xwin command...
$ xwin :1 -query grima > /dev/null 2>&1 &
$ xwin :2 -query hama > /dev/null 2>&1 &
*poof* 2 Linux Login screens are there on my Windows machine in
all their glory.. :)
So, now I'm logged into my XP box, using the windows tools I
like, with the Free Cygwin/X running, using the *NIX tools I
like, and simultaneously logged into 2 Linux desktops, doing
practical work on them as well, using the same monitors for all,
switching as I need to. Having 2 monitors on this machine helps,
but it's not necessary. :)
The full install of 'everything' Cygin is about 500MB. You only
need to install as much of it as you need or want though. It is
a handy-dandy tool I find much use for both in concert with blat
and outside of it...and it is free, of course. GPL license.
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