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correct way to start X server in 1.7
- From: mike <mikereape at onetel dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:57:23 +0000
- Subject: correct way to start X server in 1.7
I'm just a jerk user so be gentle with me. I've looked at the user
guide and searched the mailing list but I may have missed something. I
don't know what information is relevant so this is long. Sorry.
I've been running some version of Cygwin 1.5 for many months now. I
would always just double-click on the "XWin Server" icon and then export
the display variable and ssh into what is currently an F11 box.
Typically I then only run thunderbird, emacs, firefox and oowriter.
This all worked pretty well.
However I wanted to upgrade to 1.7.x. I didn't want to get rid of my
1.5.x installation until I knew the 1.7.x install was working correctly
so I stupidly didn't rename my old desktop shortcuts for 1.5.x. To
upgrade to 1.7.x I did an "All" install to make sure I didn't miss
anything even though I almost always just use ssh and only rarely emacs
and otherwise nothing else. At the end of the install I was asked if I
wanted desktop shortcuts and items added to the start menu. I said yes
but it seems that because there was already a "Cygwin Bash Shell" in the
"All Programs" menu and a "Cygwin" and "Cygwin Bash Shell" shortcut on
the desktop both of which point to C:\cygwin\Cygwin.bat neither the "All
Programs" menu nor the two desktop icons were updated.
Therefore I created a shortcut to C:\cygwin-1.7\Cygwin.bat. But if I
run that or select rxvt-x from All Programs > Cygwin I get the usual
"cannot open display" message like the X server isn't running. If I
navigate to C:\cygwin-1.7\bin\startxwin.exe and then do either thing I
can open X Windows apps on the remote F11 machine but I think this is
the wrong way to do that because the X server apparently froze later
after some use.
So, can someone tell me the proper way to get the X server running or
(assuming I rename desktop shortcuts, etc.) how to re-run the script to
set shortcuts, etc. up correctly? BTW, I run Cygwin on a XP
Professional Edition machine with auto-updates turned on.
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