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better command prompt for xp?

by scales / August 12, 2008 5:02 AM PDT

hey all,
i have been dabbling in linux for a while but sadly am stuck with xp for various software reasons. i am realizing more and more that the command prompt (linux shell) can be extremely useful. i know that xp has its own commands, some similar, but feel like it is very limited when compared to linux. for instance i want to copy certain columns or rows from a text file into another. linux seems to have more options...am i right? is there another way to do more with xp's command prompt?

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(NT) Did you look for "bash" for Windows?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 12, 2008 5:13 AM PDT
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cygwin or gnu/bash
by ramarc / August 12, 2008 5:16 AM PDT
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Windows PowerShell
by Jimmy Greystone / August 12, 2008 5:18 AM PDT

Another option, which I'm reasonably sure will work on XP, is Windows PowerShell, which is supposed to be quite nice in terms of providing a command line interface that's scriptable and basically above and beyond the basic command interpreter you normally have.

It may not have the full suite of commands like a standard Linux distribution would, and Cygwin is the only option for getting all of those that I'm aware of for Windows.

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