Simplest way to add "Cygwin Prompt Here" to Windows Explorer
Just like Eric Sink, the first thing I install on my windows laptop is Cygwin and, well not Emacs anymore, gvim. I just can't image using windows so pre-mature shell to get anything done. One little problem with Cygwin is since it uses a unix like directory structure, switching back and forth between Windows Explorer and Cygwin has been a pain in the ass for a long time. Now, time to scratch the itch.
A quick Google search redirects me to Bruce Eckel's article on this same problem. It proposes two solutions but unfortunately none of them works perfectly on my environment. After hacking around, here is my solution. Different from the existing ones, this is the simplest solution I could find so far. No .bashrc, no .bat file, only one tiny .reg file. Enjoy it and see my code comments in lines.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="Cygwin &Prompt Here"
@="cmd.exe /c c:\\cygwin\\bin\\bash.exe --login -c \"cd '%1'; exec /bin/bash\""
- Save the above text into any reg in any folder, double click it and you should be all set. (Assuming you're using the Cygwin default installation path, of course.)
cmd.exe /c: launch the cmd.exe and execute the command after the
/cparameter. Close the command window when the bash exits.
bash.exe --login:load the user settings for the login user.
-cmeans to execute the commands after login.
cd %1;:retrieve the folder path from Windows Explorer
exec /bin/bash: to open the bash environment.