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shell on win via cygwin?

Jan 25 2006 | 11:41 am

would it be possible. Shell is pretty damn useful, I must admit. it would be nice to have this sort of an extensible feature on wMax. Just wondering if its feasible, I wouldnt know fuck-how when it comes to this sort of thing, I just know bit-o-bash n’ suchery. Maybe I am just mad.


Jan 25 2006 | 12:20 pm

If you don’t mind using Java, i made some sort of a shell object for
windows, called DOSHack. Still alpha, but working good for lots of
things. I know there’s a bug when you launch .exe from within max with
it, but i’ll fix it someday. You can find it here :

Topher LaTopha made one too (check his share page), in Java also. Still
not working (for unknown reasons) on my machine.

As Jasch made a registry quering utility (envvar.mxe) for retrieving
Environment Variables the same way as my EnvVar class can do, i guess
he’s not far from coding one shell in c for win…



Jan 25 2006 | 3:10 pm

Yeah, you can do a lot of this stuff by using Java in Max. Here’s a
copy of a message I sent to the list back in March of last year, on
how I query the Windows registry to find the current VST plugin


Dan Nigrin
Defective Records
202 Hack / PC-1600 User / VSTi Host / OMS Convert / Jack OS X

Jan 25 2006 | 3:27 pm

Funny we found the same things from Real Gagnon. Maybe we could send him
a mail to inform he’s contributing to the max/msp comunity, without
beeing aware of :-D
In fact you can retrieve any kind of registry infos, and that’s very
usefull. But you can use the Real Gagnon’s idea of hacking the cmd.exe
as well. That’s what i did to send all shell-like commands (mkdir,
ipconfig, format C:, just kidding for this last one).


Jan 25 2006 | 4:29 pm

Heh, good to know that the method works for many things!


Dan Nigrin
Defective Records
202 Hack / PC-1600 User / VSTi Host / OMS Convert / Jack OS X

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