Enable native NTFS symbolic links for Cygwin

⸻⸻⸻  Short answer  ⸻⸻⸻ Define environment variable: CYGWIN=winsymlinks:nativestrict As pointed out by mwm you may also have to run bash as Administrator. ⸻⸻⸻  Long answer  ⸻⸻⸻ Default Cygwin symlinks are just regular files By default Cygwin creates text files as workaround for Windows symlink flaw. These files are not really symlinks. Almost all Windows programs … Read more

How to install MinGW-w64 and MSYS2?

Unfortunately, the MinGW-w64 installer you used sometimes has this issue. I myself am not sure about why this happens (I think it has something to do with Sourceforge URL redirection or whatever that the installer currently can’t handle properly enough). Anyways, if you’re already planning on using MSYS2, there’s no need for that installer. Download … Read more