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Unformatted text preview: How to Install and Use Cygwin August 28, 2006 Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for someone whos using Windows. Its important to learn how to use Cygwin to compile and run files because you will inevitably have to use Linux, UNIX, or SunOS in the future to do work, thus its best to get it out of the way now. Also, your coded homework assignments wont be compiled in Windows when we grade them, so its good to make sure that your code works fine and that youre comfortable in both environments. If at any point during these instructions you get confused or something bizzare happens, call over one of your TAs because were cracker-jack at fixing problems you may have. 1 Downloading and Installing Cygwin 1. Your laptops came with Cygwin, but not the complete package, the first step is to grab that off their site. So go to http://www.cygwin.com/ and click the Install or Update now! link (in the middle of the page, or the side, with the Cygwin icon above it) and download the setup file to somewhere where you can find it. 2. Double click the setup file, click next, and then dot the Install From Internet box, then click next again (keep all the settings here the same), then click next one more time. 3. Make sure to set the local package directory to C: \ cygwin, then click next, and then next again. Here pick a mirror, any mirror, and then click next again. 4. Theres a ton of info on this next page of packages to choose and such, just keep the Curr choice selected at the top. 5. In that big long list of packages click the plus sign next to Editors to expand that category. 6. Near the bottom of the list of editors under that expansion theres one called xemacs with the tagline A powerful highly customizable open source.. . . It should be the first one listed right after the vim editor,source....
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