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Old 02-28-2004, 04:46 PM   #1
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Well, this may be in the wrong forum, and even the wrong site, but I decided to give it a shot.

I have grown up on various editions of Windows (my current one is Windows XP). I have never in my life have even SEEN Linux or Unix or any such thing. I have also played text-based games for nearly decade so...I have decided to start teaching myself how to make one, if anything for my own entertainment.

I think that I should stop looking for a codebase witten in C++ (the language I feel the most comfortable learning) and just for Windows for a few moments, and instead concentrate on something a bit more helpful...

I do not have the slightest idea how to work Cygwin.

If there is some really good documentation on it, I havn't found it. If anyone knows of any good tutorials or documentation for learning and/or understanding Cygwin, throw it at me.
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Old 02-28-2004, 07:18 PM   #2
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Well, cgywin have a pretty large documentation site accessible via their front page:
cygwin home

Amongst these is their user guide and a FAQ

One of the most important factors when starting to use cygwin is to realise that the setup program will not automatically install everything you'll need to program. Look under the Devel tree in setup, and select the compilers you wish to use. gcc and gcc-g++ sounds like they are what you need. This will automatically select the libraries, etc., that are needed for these tools to work. I'd recommend getting diff-utils as well, under Base. If you find out later you forgot something, you can always run the setup program again, and it will install/remove the packages you de/select.
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Old 03-02-2004, 03:01 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks.

Your reply is greatly appreciated, and I'll go have a look there.
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Also: Experiment. Good fer learnin' yessir.
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Old 03-10-2004, 02:36 PM   #5
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Its not as complicated as it seems, all you really need is the full version (if your unsure what exactly you need) and run mostly through the bash shell. From there most codebases will give you step by step instructions on commands to enter in a *nix/cygwin environment.

Mostly you'll just be using things like
gzip (which has a help in the bash shell to show what commands go with it and what they do)

make (also has helps)

and then a couple others if your going to be ripping it up and putting it back together like grep and move and all that.
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