Cygwin and Win32 native support

Mads Kiilerich mads at
Mon Mar 10 15:02:56 CDT 2008

ssh and "everything" you need is included in

It works alright under

IMHO cygwin does too many strange things and you have to fight slash 
directions all the time. MSYS is more lightweight and just works.

Instead of zipping .hg you should use bundles.


Guido Ostkamp wrote, On 03/10/2008 08:36 PM:
> Hello,
> in my office, I am unfortunately forced to use a Windows XP PC to run 
> Mercurial in order to get access to the OpenSolaris Mercurial Repo (our 
> testlab with the large Unix systems, where I desperately need the stuff is 
> "protected" by firewalls and ssh connections to Internet are thus 
> impossible <sigh>).
> So I tried Mercurial under Cygwin on the PC to clone
>    ssh://
> over a socks 4 proxy using special ~/.ssh/config setting, but it got stuck 
> after some ~17800 files. From at home I know there are much more. I 
> retried this several times, but it always stops after reaching that number 
> of files.
> Does anybody know what could be the reason for this?
> Doesn't Mercurial support Cygwin?
> If I would use the native Win32 version, how would I have to configure ssh 
> access over a socks server?
> Is 'ssh' somehow included in the native Win32 build of Mercurial?
> Also, I expect symlinks in the OpenSolaris repo. Should I be able to 
> finish cloning to the PC under Windows, and then zip and transfer the 
> '.hg' directory to a Unix box, would this still include the full data 
> necessary to recreate symlinks, if used on a Unix box?
> Thanks for any hints.
> Regards
> Guido
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