Use rxvt as cygwin Terminal

Wed 01 February 2012 by Lance Jian in Linux.

Cygwin is a windows program that simulates a Linux environment. The default installation uses cmd.exe as the terminal program which is not very convenient. For example, it can only be resized up to 80 characters in width. Fortunately, there is an rxvt package in the Cygwin distribution. You only need to tweak some options to make it look like the terminal in Unix system.

Right click "Start > Cygwin > rxvt-native" menu item, and select "Properties...", edit the "Target" field to:

C:\path-to-cygwin\bin\rxvt.exe -display :0 -geometry 80x43 +sb -bg black -fg gray -fn "DejaVu Sans Mono-16" -tn rxvt-cygwin-native -e /bin/bash --login

You can change the "DejaVu Sans Mono" font to any other font name you prefer.