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C programming in UNIX environment

  1. Dec 30, 2005 #1
    I have a question about C programming.
    I am gonna take a class of C programming and we are gonna write the codes in a UNIX environment.

    Because I do not have access to a "SUN" computer, is there a possibility to have a compiler that permits me to write under Windows XP but can work under UNIX system?

    OR what do you suggest me in this case?

    I hope that you understand what I mean.

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  3. Dec 30, 2005 #2
    use FreeBSD.. wouldnt that be a similar enviroment?

    You could get VMware and install it as a virtual enviroment beside xp
  4. Dec 30, 2005 #3
    OK thank you very much for the tips.
  5. Dec 30, 2005 #4
    cygwin is a very good unix shell emulator that i used for awhile while i still used windows
    i suggest installing all packages
  6. Dec 30, 2005 #5


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    If your in a unix environment you're probably going to use the Gnu C Compiler, otherwise known as GCC.

    As shawnzyoo mentioned, Cygwin is probably your best bet. It comes with a windows port of GCC.
  7. Jan 15, 2006 #6
    Hi Shawnzyoo,
    I try to download cygwin. I believe it works, but can you please give me some indication on how to create a C program with Cygwin?

    I am new in the C programming! I try the emacs but I don't know how to use it.
    (Of course I will need to compile and debbug those C programs)

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  8. Jan 15, 2006 #7
    if you have all the correct packages installed
    and want to use emacs, vim, pico, nano, or whatever
    just type
    emacs yourfilename.c (or cpp for c++)
    it creates a file of "yourfilename" and opens it with emacs
    then just code away and save it when you are done
    then compile it (i think cygwin has the G++ compiler installed)
    barring no errors, it should run just fine
  9. Apr 30, 2006 #8
    Live UNIX

    :smile: That's not a very good solution but try it. It's live UNIX via Internet.
    The address is http://sdf.lonestar.org" [Broken]
    Through DOS environment: Start->Run->"cmd" and then write "telnet"
    Then in the telnet write:eek: sdf.lonestar.org.
    Tobecome a new member type new and wait.
    This is very efficient for the ones who don't have UNIX and want to have one!!!:biggrin:
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  10. Apr 30, 2006 #9


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    You can use notepad too. (But I would suggest learning how to use emacs or even vim if you're that kind of person)
  11. May 1, 2006 #10


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    Your school intends for you to program in a UNIX environment, but then doesn't give you access to a UNIX environment, or teach you how to set one up? I think you should be speaking to your professor, personally.

    - Warren
  12. May 1, 2006 #11


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    I bet they use Unix in the labs at school, but he wants to be able to work in his dorm room or at home and not have to go to the lab to work on his programs.

    If this is an introductory C course, it's almost certainly going to do standard console-based I/O and not interact specifically with Unix system calls. That is, it will use standard C code that can (in principle) compile and run on any platform. So he should be able to use a Windows compiler. He just needs to find out how to set up a "console mode" project that doesn't use any Windows-specific libraries.

    Another possibility is that he might be able to log onto one of the lab machines, or a server, from the dorm or home using a telnet or SSH client. Then he can use the lab's Unix environment (at least via the command line, perhaps not via X Windows) from his Windows machine. That's the sort of setup we use here for C and C++. When people work on programs in the lab, they actually telnet to a server that they can just as well access from home.

    He should definitely talk to his instructor about what the possibilities are at his school.

    [added: Oh gee, I just noticed the original question was posted at the end of December! So his class has probably finished by now. Maybe someone else can get something out of this thread, anyway.]
  13. May 3, 2006 #12
    Learn ANSI C.

    Problem solved.
  14. May 4, 2006 #13


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    The GNU g++ compiler for windows: http://math.claremontmckenna.edu/ALee/g++/g++.html

    (It probably comes with cygwin).

    ps: if you're runnin it in your dorm, why not get a live linux distro, such as, ubuntu?

    pps: I though c++ code had a .cc extension :smile:
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