Run a Cygwin (X) app from a DOS command line

Larry Hall (Cygwin)
Wed Dec 31 15:40:00 GMT 2008

Thorsten Kampe wrote:
> * John Emmas (Wed, 31 Dec 2008 12:13:20 -0000)> 
>> Is it possible to run a Cygwin GUI app (i.e. requiring 'X') from a DOS
>> terminal, as opposed to a bash terminal?  After starting the X server
>> I tried  "cygstart path/to/my/program" but nothing happened.  The app
>> runs fine if I start it from a bash terminal.
> You have to set the DISPLAY variable to a valid value.

You also need Cygwin's installation path in your Windows PATH variable.

Larry Hall                    
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A: Yes.
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