SPUG:Re: Korn Shell vs. PD-ksh

Richard Anderson richard at richard-anderson.org
Mon Feb 3 04:26:20 CST 2003

I was one of the (relatively) early adopters of UWin (ksh for Windows) back
in 98 and have been using in heavily since then.  (I couldn't have survived
Microsoft without it. :-] )  It's been stable for some time, with these

Some of the network-oriented commands don't work well or at all (telnet and
ftp are fine).  Not surprising, since Windows network architecture doesn't
to Unix network architecture.

Some of your favorite command option flags may be missing or not work as you
expect (a problem on all Unices).

Running a big, complex ksh script may fail due to memory leaks in the
Windows libraries that UWin uses.  (But we are all using Perl for anything
longer than 50-100 lines, right?)

I recommend UWin highly.  UWin works on post-95 Windows (Win98, Win2K,
WinXP, etc.)  The installation procedure is a bit odd, but it works.  If you
the text man pages, be sure to install the groff package.

Richard Anderson
richard at richard-anderson.org
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael R. Wolf" <MichaelRunningWolf at att.net>
To: <spug-list at pm.org>
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 2:03 PM
Subject: SPUG:Re: Korn Shell vs. PD-ksh

> Has anyone done this for a Windows 2000 box?  Yeah, yeah.  Linux.
> Unix.  ....  But I've got a W2K laptop.  And what I miss is all that
> raw ksh power.  I've been using bash on cygwin, but my fingers/brain
> started speaking ksh in '85.
> If you've got any suggestions, please reply (on the list or
> privately).  I'll summarize any private mail back to the list for
> everyone's consumption.
> Thanks,
> Michael
> --
> Michael R. Wolf
>     All mammals learn by playing!
>         MichaelRunningWolf at att.net
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