mintty window won't open

Andy Koppe
Wed Sep 29 10:36:00 GMT 2010

On 28 September 2010 14:38, Jon TURNEY wrote:
> On 28/09/2010 13:18, Andy Koppe wrote:
>> On 28 September 2010 11:31, 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 think you can detect this situation (no access to the interactive desktop
> or whatever is it called), if you wished to issue a suitable error message,
> by checking that OpenInputDesktop() returns non-NULL...

Good idea, and that does seem to do the job.

Opening a window in that situation seems to work fine anyway though. I
guess it goes to some hidden desktop. Can anyone think of a sensible
use case for that, i.e. should I make this a warning rather than an


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