I have always been a DOS command kind of guy (dubbed DOS Command Warrior) since the early days. I've used unix/linux and was familiar with the command set but I wasn't as fluent as I was with DOS.
In the past few years I've transitioned into the inverse and have done the whole wrong commands in a Windows Command Prompt window a lot. Tonight I decided to look up whether there are any binaries or anything I could install to still utilize the Windows Command Prompt and have the luxury of also using Unix commands.
Of course I could install Cygwin and use that terminal window, but I am comfortable with the Windows Command Prompt and I like to keep things somewhat simple. Why not take advantage of Unix Commands from Cygwin within the Windows Command Prompt? Thank you sir, may I have another!
I found this article on lifehacker.com that explains just that. Super simple.
1. Install Cygwin
2. Open your Windows System Properties (Start > Run > sysdm.cpl)
3. Click on the Advanced Tab, then click the Environmental Variables button
4. Select the Path variable and click Edit
5. At the end of the text, add a semicolon followed by the path to your Cygwin 'bin' directory - Mine is ;C:\Cygwin64\bin
6. Click OK 3 times.
7. Open a Command Prompt