Msys2 POSIX tools on Windows

How to turn your Windows 10 into unix like environment

 

What is Msys2 [ http://www.msys2.org/ ]

MSYS2 is a software distro and building platform for Windows

At its core is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software. It provides a bash shell, Autotools, revision control systems and the like for building native Windows applications using MinGW-w64 toolchains.

It features a package management system to provide easy installation of packages, Pacman. It brings many powerful features such as dependency resolution and simple complete system upgrades, as well as straight-forward package building.

 

How to install it and add basic tools?

  • Get Msys2 from http://www.msys2.org/
  • Install as described at the msys2 home page
  • Rename the file c:\msys64\usr\bin\ssh.exe to c:\msys64\usr\bin\ssh.exe_old
  • Run commands in Msys2 terminal window
pacman -S net-utils msys/screenfetch
pacman -S msys/vim msys/bc nano msys/tmux wget gzip zip unzip msys/p7zip tar msys/tree

Have fun!!!

 

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How to fix not properly displayed icons of known applications at Start menu, Desktop, Taskbar

It happened few times for my computer that some application icons were not displayed properly: Firefox, Virtualbox, JetBrains PyCharm, GoProStudio, Google Chrome.

Here is the solution I found at :

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/15251-63-icons-displaying-properly

Here’s a slightly quicker version of the instructions.
1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Escape to get the task manager.
2. In the Processes tab, click on explorer.exe and click End Process. You’ll get a confirmation dialog. Click “End Process” to confirm.
3. From the File menu (still in the task manager), choose New Task (Run…).
4. Copy/paste/enter the following command in the run box:
Code:
cmd /c del %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db /a
5. Open the Run box again with File –> New Task (Run…). This time, enter this command:
Code:
explorer.exe
6. All should be okay now. Open the Start Menu and confirm that your icons are fixed now.