mintty window won't open

Bengt-Arne Fjellner
Wed Sep 29 14:24:00 GMT 2010

  On 2010-09-29 07:51 , Andy Koppe wrote:
> 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
> error?
> Andy
I have a feeling it could be useful someway. Why not a command switch: 
--allow_null_desktop or something?

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