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How to install Cygwin and GRASS GIS using WinGRASS cd

Caution: These procedures are those found to work by a GRASS newbie. There may be better ways.

This worked correctly the last time I tried it. 4/21/2005

How to install Cygwin and GRASS GIS using WinGRASS cd.

  • WinGRASS requirements. It requires WinNT, Win2kPro, WinXP and NTFS file system.

  • Go the Marco Lechner's download site for the WinGRASS cd image.

    It will look like this:

    cd-site

  • Download all 3 items with names beginning "Cygwin...", by right-clicking on them and clicking on "Save link as". I saved mine to c:\downloads\cygwin\cd_1 (since I like to keep everything from a successful install all kept in one place).

  • I used Nero to burn the cd
    • In the top row of icons, click on "Copy and Backup".
    • click on "Burn image to disk"
    • Select the .iso image in c:\downloads\cygwin\cd_1 [where I saved it on download], "Image files (*.nrg., *.iso, *.cue)",
      CygwinGRASS.0.3.1.iso
    • I opted for verify after burn, but this is not really necessary.

  • I opened the cd drawer then reclosed it. Cygwin setup came up automatically.

  • Using Adobe Reader, in the downloads directory, I opened
    CygwinGRASS-0.2.2_install.pdf
    and kept it available for reference during the install.

  • I followed the instructions without problem down to where you select the GRASS packages for download. Being a newcomer to GRASS, I felt it prudent to load the last release (stable) version rather than the latest beta version, so I deselected GRASS 6.1 and selected 6.0. This DID NOT work. I had to uninstall and re-do the install and go with the default GRASS 6.1

  • After seeing the "Installation complete" message, I made a link on the desktop to c:\cygwin\grass61.bat, also using the icon found in that same directory. [Note: if you have a GRASS link on your desktop from an earlier non-cd install, it will need editing or replacing]. I clicked on the icon, the initial Cygwin window came up, and after clicking Return as requested, the Grass entry screen appeared. Note: sometimes, this will not work the first time, but will work if you try it again (and thereafter). At this point, I click on Exit and go back to Windows.

  • At this point, just as I did for the non-cd download/install, I use the method described here to create ....\database and to extract the Spearfish57 data to it.

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