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Installing Cygwin for Windows XP

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Instructions on how to install Cygwin on Windows XP, setup ssh and create a shortcut for rxvt.


Download setup.exe from http://www.cygwin.com/


Run setup.exe

The basic tools required are:

  • openssh
  • rxvt

Other packages will also be installed in order to support these.

Click Here to view a movie on how to do this.


Run cygwin. Click Here to see how to make sure cygwin and rxvt are install and running correctly.

Create a public/private key

Create a public/private key for use with ssh. Click Here to see how to generate a public rsa key. Place the key in the authorized_keys file on the servers you access.

See Setting up sshd for Public Key Authentication for more information on how to setup sshd.

Create a short cut for rxvt

Create a desktop short cut for rxvt using the following parameters:

C:\cygwin\bin\rxvt.exe -geometry 120×40 -bg ivory -fg black -fn “courier-12” -sl 2000 -sr -title rxvt -e bash –login -i

Click Here to see how to create the shortcut.

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