Corporate Git – Cygwin
previous – home – next
Install cygwin. See cygwin.com. Follow the installation instructions. I recommend the following options:
- Install from Internet
- All Users
- Use IE5 Settings
- Select a mirror near you (if you can find out where they are!)
- Unix style linefeeds (LF)
Make sure to Select Packages below (among others) besides the Base packages:
- git (git-gui, gitk)
After installation let’s sort out the home folders. Cygwin 1.7.x uses it’s own user profiles in /home (C:\WhereeverYouInstalledCygwin\home). I don’t like that. I prefer Cygwin to use the original Windows user profiles. I sorted this by mounting “D:\Documents and Settings” to “/home”. Just a simple entry to “/etc/fstab”:
D:/Documents\040and\040Settings /home ntfs binary 0 0
Now let’s get a proper semi-transparent terminal window. The icon added by the Cygwin installer starts “C:\WhereeverYouInstalledCygwin\Cygwin.bat”. This opens an interactive login shell (bash) in an ugly Windows Command prompt. To fix this, right-click the “Cygwin Bash Shell” icon, Properties. Note the minus sign at the end!
Target: C:\WhereeverYouInstalledCygwin\bin\mintty.exe - Start in: C:\WhereeverYouInstalledCygwin\bin
Last but not least, let’s set up a cosy and comfortable home environment.
$ cd ~ $ echo "export EDITOR=mcedit" > .profile # for everybody else, it's vi $ echo 'export HISTCONTROL="ignoredups"' >> .profile
If you’ve already installed Cygwin before creating user “git” (see previous chapter), you can export the Windows user list to Cygwin.
$ cp /etc/passwd /etc/passwd.old # backup for safety $ mkpasswd > /etc/passwd