Babun

Via One Thing Well:

Babun is a linux-like console on a Windows host…

Babun features the following:

* Pre-configured Cygwin with a lot of addons
* Silent command-line installer, no admin rights required
* pact - advanced package manager (like apt-get or yum)
* xTerm-256 compatible console
* HTTP(s) proxying support
* Plugin-oriented architecture
* Pre-configured git and shell
* Integrated oh-my-zsh
* Auto update feature

I have a set of servers in our data center which must run Windows Server, and write log files out via logback, which I’d love to be able to tail on a semi-regular basis.1 I tried using the GNU Coreutils package, but it complained about the file. I tried this wicked long PowerShell command:

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Get-Content -Path "C:\path\to\file.log" -Wait

…but it did not work, and I have no idea why, because PowerShell might as well be Sanskrit.2

I also tried tailforwin, for which I had no expectation of success having been written when I was still in college for operating systems few people use anymore.

I could have used Cygwin, but these servers have no external access to the Internet3, and while I could have built my own standalone installer… I strongly dislike it, and dealing with mirrors makes me angsty.

Enter Babun, which gave me everything I wanted4 in one handy package requiring no admin rights to install. I ran into issue #90 right away, but I had the same problem back when I used Cygwin and wasn’t greatly surprised by it. Other than that, and needing to navigate out of the fake root filesystem hierarchy, it’s an incredibly complete 1.0.0 release.


  1. Ideally, I’d be writing all of these logs to something like logstash and viewing them elsewhere, but I already need console access to these machines, so I might as well view logs there.

  2. I could handle Latin.

  3. Nor should they.

  4. Except tcsh. Why does everyone like zsh?

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