mintty window won't open

Andy Koppe
Tue Sep 28 14:19:00 GMT 2010

On 28 September 2010 11:31, Ryan Johnson wrote:
> On 9/28/2010 12:23 PM, Ryan Johnson wrote:
>> I switched from rxvt to mintty yesterday, and it worked great all day.
>> However, today when I try to open a new mintty window from within an
>> existing one, nothing happens. The process starts, but no window
>> appears. This happens when attempting to open both 0.8.3 and 0.9b2
>> windows from a 0.9b2 window. The broken window also does the same thing
>> to tkdiff but is able to run xterm without problems.
>> Oddly, using the shortcut from the start menu (0.8.3) still works, and
>> any windows I fire up from it (including 0.9b2) work fine after that and
>> can in turn fire up their own new instances.
> I found the problem: the terminal was running an ssh session to localhost.

Ah yes, that would do it.

> I have vague memories that ssh and native windows apps don't mix?

Depends. Non-interactive programs should be fine. Interactive console
programs often stumble over the fact that Cygwin ptys and Windows
consoles are different beasts. Windows GUI programs such as mintty are
completely out of luck though, because the ssh server isn't connected
to your desktop session. (Xterm of course connects to your X server
rather than using Windows stuff directly).


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