I was just scouring the web to look for an equivalent to the Linux touch command on Windows 7 and landed on this goldmine. A set of native Win32 Linux commands!

This is a better option than running Cygwin since applications run on native (that word again) Win32 mode and not in an emulation. This means the commands run right off the bat, no need to rebuild apps from source, pretty cool eh?

So to get these commands running on your computer, download the original archive here and also get the updates here. Uncompress all the files to some location like C:\bin and add this to your path environment.

Commands included in the archive are the following:

 agrep.exe
 ansi2knr.exe
 basename.exe
 bc.exe
 bison.exe
 bunzip2.exe
 bzip2.exe
 bzip2recover.exe
 cat.exe
 chgrp.exe
 chmod.exe
 chown.exe
 cksum.exe
 cmp.exe
 comm.exe
 compress.exe
 cp.exe
 csplit.exe
 cut.exe
 date.exe
 dc.exe
 dd.exe
 df.exe
 diff.exe
 diff3.exe
 dir.txt
 dircolors.exe
 dirname.exe
 du.exe
 echo.exe
 egrep.exe
 env.exe
 expand.exe
 expr.exe
 factor.exe
 fgrep.exe
 find.exe
 flex.exe
 fmt.exe
 fold.exe
 fsplit.exe
 gawk.exe
 gclip.exe
 gplay.exe
 grep.exe
 gsar.exe
 gunzip.exe
 gzip.exe
 head.exe
 id.exe
 indent.exe
 install.exe
 join.exe
 jwhois.exe
 less.exe
 lesskey.exe
 libfl.a
 libfl.lib
 ln.exe
 logname.exe
 ls.exe
 m4.exe
 make.exe
 makedepend.exe
 makemsg.exe
 man.exe
 md5sum.exe
 mkdir.exe
 mkfifo.exe
 mknod.exe
 mv.exe
 mvdir.exe
 nl.exe
 od.exe
 paste.exe
 patch.exe
 pathchk.exe
 pclip.exe
 pr.exe
 printenv.exe
 printf.exe
 ptx.exe
 pwd.exe
 recode.exe
 rm.exe
 rman.exe
 rmdir.exe
 sdiff.exe
 sed.exe
 seq.exe
 sha1sum.exe
 shar.exe
 sleep.exe
 sort.exe
 split.exe
 stego.exe
 su.exe
 sum.exe
 sync.exe
 tac.exe
 tail.exe
 tar.exe
 tee.exe
 test.exe
 touch.exe
 tr.exe
 tsort.exe
 type.exe
 uname.exe
 unexpand.exe
 uniq.exe
 unrar.exe
 unshar.exe
 unzip.exe
 uudecode.exe
 uuencode.exe
 wc.exe
 wget.exe
 wget.hlp
 which.exe
 whoami.exe
 xargs.exe
 yes.exe
 zcat.exe
 zip.exe
 zsh.exe

Special thanks to Karl M. Syring for this awesome work. You sir provide a ray of hope to humanity.

 

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