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Open windows executable, file, or folder from cygwin terminal

Terminal - Open windows executable, file, or folder from cygwin terminal
explorer $( cygpath "/path/to/file_or_exe" -w )
2009-07-22 17:00:21
User: Highwayman
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Open windows executable, file, or folder from cygwin terminal

This executes faster than

cygstart.exe

I put this in a script and added it to my path:

cat `which explore.sh`

#!/bin/bash

if [ $# -eq 0 ]; then

explorer.exe $( cygpath `pwd` -w ) &

else

explorer.exe $( cygpath $1 -w ) &

fi;

Using the script you just type

explore.sh file_or_executable

Note: you can do this for any file that has an associated executable in the windows registry. This is quite handy if you want to open pictures or movies from xterm.

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What others think

explorer.exe often chooses the wrong app when opening files, whereas cygstart is usually more accurate. I also have never noticed cygstart to be especially slow. Since I'm used to working on a Mac, I use a function to map open to cygstart:

open () { echo 'Using Windoze cygstart.exe instead.'; cygstart "$*" ; }
Comment by Ben 310 weeks and 5 days ago

If it opens the wrong app, then it is because you have the wrong app in your windows registry. You should update your registry with the correct app. You can quickly update it using the "Open with..." option from windows explorer.

I can safely confirm that cygstart is slow on Windows Vista. It takes much longer than using explorer.exe! Its the same speed as double clicking a file from windows explorer.

Comment by Highwayman 310 weeks and 5 days ago

Cygstart uses the same mechanism as Explorer... and shouldn't be any slower.

Comment by romulusnr 299 weeks and 4 days ago

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