ThoML wrote:
>> In order to use git on my laptop (MS XPproSP3) I ended up installing the
>> cygwin environment.  I tried MSysGit but it failed to run and the
>> maintainer was, shall we say, less than enthusiastic with my bug report.
> 
> I'm not sure if I understand. MSysGIT sounds like it would be
> something from msys (ie. mingw). Why would you want to run a mingw git
> from cygwin that has its own git?

I only installed the cygwin environment when it became obvious that the 
MsysGiT maintainers were not interested in looking at my problem in the 
near term, if ever. So the order of events was:

  Ruby on Windows => OK,
  Gem on Windows => OK,
  MSysGiT on Windows => FAIL,
  cygwin with GiT => OK,
  Gem on Windows => FAIL

> 
> It also seems slightly less than 100% optimal that you installed the
> cygwin stuff to c:. IIRC the installer suggests c:\cygwin.

cygwin is installed in C:\cygwin

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