I don’t know why Cygwin doesn’t default to using rxvt as it’s default terminal, but man….. it really should!
One of the things I’ve hated most about having to switch from a Mac Powerbook to a Window XP box (Dell) at work is that the Unix shell environment in OSX is *very* nice, and very well integrated into the rest of the OS. I know some Mac fans like to disrespect the OSX terminal, but I always rather like it. I loved having transparency, I loved the infinite scrollback buffer… and if you set you’re display variable correctly it integrated great with the port of Xwindows that’s on the Developer CD.
Cygwin helps, but the default configuration for the cygwin shell icon runs bash under cmd.exe, and it sucks. I’ve had weird problems, mostly in SSH sessions to Linux boxes, but that could be because that’s where I spend a lot of time. Among the oddities I’ve encountered: Resizing the window seems to wreak havoc on subsequent screen updates, weird problems with colors in remove VI sessions (sometimes giving me nice black on black text! ), etc. But the absolute worst has been that hitting Ctrl-C in an SSH session kills the SSH session instead of sending the Ctrl-C to the remote application! Man that’s been a pain in my *ss!
But now, I’ve found Cygwin nirvana. Little old rxvt is listed in the Cygwin install under shells, and it’s well worth adding. It’s solved all of the above problems! After you install rxvt, you need to edit your cygwin.bat to run Rxvt instead of the default of running bash under cmd.exe. Mine now looks like this:
REM bash --login -i
rxvt -sr -sl 2500 -sb -geometry 90x30 -fg lightblue -bg midnightblue -tn rxvt -fn "Lucida Console-14" -e /usr/bin/bash --login -i