Usually I start a Cygwin session
knowing that I want to do work in a specific directory. It's not
a big deal - just start Cygwin in the usual way, then do "cd
A better way is shown by the surprisingly useful utility or "power
toy" programs from Microsoft, which allow you to open a
DOS prompt or explorer window for a specific directory. Cygwin
Here borrows from DOSHere, BashHere and from some useful mailing
list postings, and allows you to start a Cygwin shell very easily
in the right directory by right-clicking on a directory in Windows
It's not hard to edit
the registry yourself to get the same effect as Cygwin Here.
If you're into registry editing, the "manual" version
(see the download section, below) contains
a .reg file ready to run or customise. If you're more like me and
would rather steer clear of touching the registry directly, download
the setup program which was put together as a no-mess-no-fuss way
to install and un-install.
At the moment, Cygwin Here isn't very configurable. If your
Cygwin installation is to the default location of C:\cygwin then
the automatic install is fine for you. But if your Cygwin installation
is in not in C:\cygwin or you want to use rxvt instead of cmd you'd
be best to use the registry version.
The "automatic" executable installer is suggested if
you want the easier way to install and un-install.
The "manual" way is a tiny download with instructions
and a registry patch file. If you ever want to un-install it, you'll
have to edit the registry yourself (no big deal - instructions are
Check out CygwinPromptHere.
Thanks to Gerrit for letting me know about this.
Licence, Copyright, etc
Anyone may freely use, copy, distribute Cygwin Here. The
usual "not guaranteed for any purpose" clauses apply.
Feedback is always welcomed.