Bringing cryptic command lines to Windows

Raymond Chen

The CMD.EXE batch language can be awfully cryptic, but for those who miss the richness of command lines like

kill -1 $(ps -ef | grep inetd | grep -v grep | tr -s " " | cut -f2 -d " ")

or bursts of line noise masquerading as a pipeline of “find”, “sed”, and “awk” processes, Microsoft Windows Services for Unix is available for free download.