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Installing Cygwin on your home computer (Windows only)

Download and Install cygwin (Fast Instructions):

  1. Go to http://www.cygwin.com.

  2. Download the installer by clicking on the "Install Cygwin Now" icon.

  3. This will download "setup.exe"; double click on setup.exe

  4. Select the defaults for everything. The only choice that you should make is to pick a mirror; I used http://http.gtlib.gatech.edu.

Download and Install cygwin (Detailed Instructions):

  1. Go to http://www.cygwin.com.

  2. Download the installer by clicking on the "Install Cygwin Now" icon.

  3. This will download "setup.exe"; double click on setup.exe

  4. Select Run

  5. Click Next

  6. Click Next (to install from Internet)

  7. Click Next (to install into c:\cygwin)

  8. Click Next (to select the default package directory)

  9. If you are at Carleton, click next (to use a Direct Connection)

  10. Select any mirror that you like, I used http://http.gtlib.gatech.edu.

  11. Select Next to select a default package list. (we are not adding anything to the default build.)

  12. Click Finish

To test your installation:

  1. On your Desktop, you should have a Cygwin icon; click on it.
  2. You should have a bash prompt "$". Try a command such as "ls /" (no double quotes.) You should see a list of files and directories.
  3. If you have installed Python for windows, try running "python"; you should see a python version and be at a python prompt ">>>"