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Running GNU tools on Windows

There are two ways that I know to run GNU tools on Windows: Either install Cygwin (cygwin.com), or install DJGPP (delorie.com/djgpp/).

What are the differences between these? Which one is more like GNU on Unix?

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Cygwin provides a rather close proximation to running real UNIX. GNU tools are also the base for Microsoft's Windows Services for UNIX product. For your MS Windows environment I find the Cygwin toolset very attractive because nearly everything you may need is ready for download and use.
JP Vossen, Infrastructure and Network Security expert on SearchSecurity.com, offers two additional solutions:

The two other solutions are not complete environments, but they are very useful when you need just one or two GNU tools and the entire environment is overkill.

They are: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnuwin32/ and http://unxutils.sourceforge.net/.

Hope this is useful,
JP

This was first published in March 2004

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