Yahoo!'s Dirty Little "UNIX Utilities for Windows" Secret

by Jon Davis 30. October 2007 12:22

Over at, at the bottom of the page, Yahoo! has an interesting download called the UNIX Utilities for Windows. This is offered as a "workaround" for "legacy support" for building Konfabulator widgets that were originally compiled for the UNIX environment.

However, I've found that the list of executables dropped into C:\Program Files (x86)\Yahoo!\Widgets\UnixUtils\usr\local\wbin is rather extensive. There's a LOT of UNIX-like commands in there! I dropped that path into my Windows environment path and I am rather pleased by all that's available now, things like "grep". I had that in Cygwin but now I can do this within the cmd.exe environment.

I'm reinstalling MinGW, not sure that MinGW has as many handy commands in its precompiled bin base.


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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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