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open IE from command line

How to open a web page (remote or local) or launch IE from the mintty/bash command line?

I've tried the following:

$ cygstart "http://www.google.com";
$ cygstart index.html # local page
$ "/cygdrive/c/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe"
$ cygstart "/cygdrive/c/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe"

If IE is already open, the first two examples work, but otherwise,
for all 4, IE flashes a window, which immediately closes.

--Ken Nellis

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