A useful little Windows tool for Unix people

by Paul Browne

Related link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/existing/diruse-o.asp

Too often we Java people don't give Microsoft credit for the small but useful things that they do.

If you are Unix head trapped in a Microsoft body (e.g. you must use Windows at work), then you probably miss tools like du (find out disk usage for folders).

While Cygwin gives you the power of the Unix command line (and more) within Windows, what happens if this is restricted as well?

One tool that you may find useful is DirUse from Microsoft.

Paul's other (non technical) blog

What other Windows tools do you find useful as a Java Developer? (please don't flame me with 'should be using Linux' :-)


2006-01-25 17:21:56
Not Linux
I'm not going to say that you should be using Linux, but I think we're way overdue for a command shell that doesn't stink out loud.
2006-01-26 02:00:46
Not Linux
I agree. Any time I need to do any 'heavy duty' scripting on windows , I've always need to install 3rd party extensions (such as Cygwin/PHP/Perl or even Java) , which negates the advantages of using scripts!!
2006-01-26 06:18:08
Not Linux
Funny I've never found anything I can't do with either cmd/bat files and wsh scripting. Perhaps you just need to learn the tools that are available.
Using PHP or Java for command line scripting shows that you have not learned to master the tools available which just makes you a novice user.
2006-01-26 09:35:54
hear of monad?
There was an article on Ars a while back about a new Microsoft shell in beta, Monad, that is based on .Net and most emphatically does not stink:


2006-01-26 09:42:55
Not Linux
Thank you, I'll take the 'Novice User' tag as a complement as I wrote my first Batch file in 1986.
2006-01-26 09:47:55
hear of monad?
Thanks - I hadn't heard of Monad, so thanks for the link.

I did a bit more digging (as it looks interesting)

Monad Beta Download:

Monad Documentation Download:

Monad Scripting Centre:
2006-01-31 22:00:09
I use and strongly recommend "UnxUtils", a.k.a. as "GNU utilities for Win32". See http://unxutils.sourceforge.net/.