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How about a decent terminal window
by MacMan on Thu 14th Jul 2011 01:09 UTC
MacMan
Member since:
2006-11-19

Whilst I have not used Windows since XP, one of my biggest complaints about it was the absolutely horrid terminal window. It can not be re-sized, window border would not accept any XP border themes, fixed width fonts, so forth.

So has anyone ever developed a decent terminal window for Windows, something approaching an xterm? Is the terminal any better in newer versions of Windows?

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cb88 Member since:
2009-04-23

I believe what you want is powershell however it is crappy in other ways like being object oriented and highly bloated ... makes you say eeww waht kinda shell is this X.x


cmd.exe is sorta becoming depreciated

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jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

No, and seriously? It's crappy because it's object oriented? Durrh. Ok.

Powershell runs in the same console window as cmd.exe and suffers from the same visual limitations.

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malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

Whilst I have not used Windows since XP, one of my biggest complaints about it was the absolutely horrid terminal window. It can not be re-sized, window border would not accept any XP border themes, fixed width fonts, so forth.

So has anyone ever developed a decent terminal window for Windows, something approaching an xterm? Is the terminal any better in newer versions of Windows?


This is why Putty doesn't use Windows console window. It implements its own, from scratch, that doesn't have any of the limitations you mention. Of course, it can only host a remote SSH session, not a local console application.

People have tried to build different consoles for Windows console applications but architecturally this is very hard. The Windows console is a very special beast - it's a separate subsystem that hosts binaries tagged to use it. In the past replacing console meant injecting code into console processes and hooking their system calls, which is obviously not a 'supported' solution.

If you want to try one, see http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/

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nimble Member since:
2005-07-06

There's mintty, an xterm-compatible terminal for Cygwin (and MSYS) with a native Windows UI. Based on PuTTY's terminal emulation, but with quite a few enhancements.

http://mintty.googlecode.com

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SaschaW Member since:
2007-07-19

I am using mintty which comes with cygwin. It behaves like PuTTY mostly. Resizing, etc. works very well. Plus you will also have a bash4 shell. Native Windows applications can still be started as you normally would using the CMD shell.

Of course there is also PowerShell, which I am not very familiar with.

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