Improving Cywgin in Windows with rxvt2011-03-18
I've grown accustomed to using a terminal emulator pretty much any time I sit down to use the computer.
Most of the time I am using my laptop, which is running Linux (Ubuntu, at the moment). I've already got that workstation set up mostly how I like it. But lately I've been using my Windows 7 desktop a lot more for school related (and gaming related) things.
I use SSH all the time, and when you are using Windows, that means that your choices are limited when looking for a decent SSH client. The only choices I'm going to be considering are Cygwin and PuTTY.
PuTTY is alright, but these are the issues I've had with it:
- Copy/Paste functionality is different.
- Highlighting text auto-copies to clipboard. Right click auto-pastes into the console.
- No simple way to set up passwordless login using SSH keys
The learning curve for Cygwin is a little steep, but the issues I've had with it (without rxvt):
- Runs inside cmd.exe
- Cannot resize the window larger than default size without messing with cmd.exe window properties
- Copy/Paste is too difficult to use
- Attempting to highlight text does nothing unless you are in 'mark mode'. Figure that out.
- Can't place shortcut in taskbar
- Because the shortcut to cygwin is to a *.bat rather than *.exe
So what is the solution to this mess?
Cygwin + Rxvt
- Install the rxvt package with the cygwin installer
- Create shortcut for rxvt
You can choose your own colors, fonts, and login shell
Here is the path I used in my shortcut:
D:\cygwinbinrxvt.exe -sr -sl 2500 -sb -geometry 90x30 -fg green -bg black -tn rxvt -fn "Anonymous Pro-16" -e /usr/bin/zsh --login -i
Here, I'm using green text, black background and my favorite monospaced font, Anonymous Pro, at size 16 with Z-shell as my login shell.
Took me a moment to figure out copy/paste, but here is how you do it. It is an improvement, but not perfect:
Copy: Same as PuTTY. Highlight using mouse to copy text to the clipboard
Paste: Hold down Shift and left-click with your mouse.