mintty: A reliable way to detect the presence of a MinTTY console on Windows

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MinTTY is a Windows-specific terminal emulator for the widely used Cygwin and MSYS projects, which provide Unix-like environments for Windows. MinTTY consoles behave differently from native Windows consoles (such as cmd.exe or PowerShell) in many ways, and in some cases, these differences make it necessary to treat MinTTY consoles differently in code.

The mintty library provides a simple way to detect if your code in running in a MinTTY console on Windows. It exports isMinTTY, which does the right thing 90% of the time (by checking if standard error is attached to MinTTY), and it also exports isMinTTYHandle for the other 10% of the time (when you want to check is some arbitrary handle is attached to MinTTY). As you might expect, both of these functions will simply return False on any non-Windows operating system.


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Use Win32-2.13.1.0 or later. Older versions of Win32 either do not have functionality for detecting MinTTY or have bugs in their MinTTY detection. For these versions of Win32, we backport a working version of MinTTY detection.

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Versions [RSS] 0.1, 0.1.1, 0.1.2, 0.1.3 (info)
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Dependencies base (>=4.3 && <5), filepath, Win32 [details]
License BSD-3-Clause
Copyright (C) 2017 Ryan Scott
Author Ryan Scott
Maintainer Ryan Scott <ryan.gl.scott@gmail.com>
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Home page https://github.com/RyanGlScott/mintty
Bug tracker https://github.com/RyanGlScott/mintty/issues
Source repo head: git clone https://github.com/RyanGlScott/mintty
Uploaded by ryanglscott at 2021-11-07T16:04:33Z
Distributions Arch:0.1.3, Fedora:0.1.2, LTSHaskell:0.1.3, NixOS:0.1.3, Stackage:0.1.3, openSUSE:0.1.3
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mintty

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MinTTY is a Windows-specific terminal emulator for the widely used Cygwin and MSYS projects, which provide Unix-like environments for Windows. MinTTY consoles behave differently from native Windows consoles (such as cmd.exe or PowerShell) in many ways, and in some cases, these differences make it necessary to treat MinTTY consoles differently in code.

The mintty library provides a simple way to detect if your code in running in a MinTTY console on Windows. It exports isMinTTY, which does the right thing 90% of the time (by checking if standard error is attached to MinTTY), and it also exports isMinTTYHandle for the other 10% of the time (when you want to check is some arbitrary handle is attached to MinTTY). As you might expect, both of these functions will simply return False on any non-Windows operating system.