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Re: rvxt-20050409-1 console problem

On Mon, 15 May 2006, Sven Köhler wrote:

> > After installing rxvt-20050409-1, starting rxvt from a console bash
> > hides that console.  To reproduce: start a console bash, type "rxvt"
> > or "rxvt &" (either way), observe that the bash window goes away (the
> > process is still running, though).  I don't think the cygcheck output
> > is relevant, since this looks like an rxvt problem (caused by the new
> > code to hide the console).  Chuck, if you can't reproduce this, please
> > let me know and I'll provide more details.
> AFAIK, there are EXE-files that open a console, and others, that don't.
> It seems, there is a flag in the EXE-files, which determines if Windows
> should open a console or not.

Well, yes.  They are called "window mode applications" (as opposed to
"console mode applications").

> So i always was annoyed by the fact, that starting rxvt directly from
> windows opens a console windows.

Hence the recommended use of "run".

> Isn't it possible, to create such an EXE-file, that doesn't open a
> console? Would that cause any problems with cygwin?

It's possible.  But one (important) side effect is that window-mode
applications cannot write to a console.  So, "rxvt --help" would be
useless if rxvt were to be made a window-mode app.

> That would make any "hide the console"-code unnecessary.
> P.S.: i can reproduce the bug too.

Note that my issue is actually the opposite: I start rxvt from an
unrelated console, and I *want* that console to stay visible.
Looks like the new console-hiding code is a bit over-eager...
If I have the time, I'll take a look at the changes to see if there's a
simple fix.
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