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Outwit -- UNIX-style utilities for Windows
- From: "Lee D. Rothstein" <lee at veritech dot com>
- To: dds at aueb dot gr
- Cc: cygwin at Cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 19:27:46 -0400
- Subject: Outwit -- UNIX-style utilities for Windows
First, thank you for the nice little package of
utilities -- Outwit
-- that allow for the integration of scripts with
I am a Cygwin user and was about to write my first
utility (using Cygwin/GNU tools) -- a clipboard to and
from stdio, for Windows, but first I decided to do a
web search. On Altavista, using:
'((standard near (input | output)) | stdio) near
(clipboard & Cygwin)'
) I found 'winclip', and eventually your entire
Second, there are several small problems with the
documentation for the various commands.
* More as a curiosity, than anything else, can you
tell me why the formatted man pages ('.txt' or
'.pdf') for 'readlink' have a header of "Winreg(1)
Perhaps the footer of "1 April 2000" contains a
* 'winreg' PDF file is corrupt. '.txt' file is fine.
* I think there was one other document corruption
problem, but I can't find it, now.
P.S. I've taken the liberty of CCing this message to
the Cygwin discussion email list, so that your
package will get some "press" among the
- winclip.exe -- copy text to and from the clipboard
and stdio. Note that even if you have GNU
'xclipboard.exe' running under Cygwin, it doesn't do
you much good with native Windows applications, so
you really need 'winclip' in order to use UNIX-style
tools in the Windows environment. Note that not even
'winclip' can save you when you have a Windows
application like ACDSee, that won't output image
bitmap sizes (found in its default GUI directory
listing) to any clipboard or stdio copyable
"surface". (Getting this info, in soft format, is
really useful for resizing images in HTML.)
- docprop.exe -- Print properties of an OLE structured
storage document. "Document properties" -- as in
'winword' / File / Properties. (This may also work
with Open Office. [?] Haven't had a chance to try it,
- odbc.exe -- SQL queries (select command) from the
command line with output, as text, to stdout
- readlink.exe -- Resolve Windows shortcuts; Unpack
the actual path and operation of a shortcut
- readlog.exe -- Text-based access to the Windows
event log. Now, you and your scripts can be keenly
aware of why Windoze "thinks" it is crashing. ;-)
- winreg.exe -- Text-based access to the registry.
Scarey, but utilitarian.
All files, including documentation ('man' style output)
in both text and PDF formats are available, along with
a white paper about the entire package.
Looks like it might be a nice addition to Cygwin?
Lee D. Rothstein -- email@example.com
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