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Re: Cygstart through SSH tunnel

On 02/04/2011 10:00 PM, davej1983 wrote:
Hi, I'm fairly new to Cygwin, so this might be a pretty simple question, but
so far I haven't had any luck finding an answer so far.

I have an SSH server running on a remote computer, that I can log into using
cygwin. While logged, if I use cygstart to try to open a file, or if I try
to launch a program, it will not fully open/launch. For example, if I try to
open a text file, notepad.exe will show up in the task manager, but won't
actually open. Does anyone have any idea what I am doing wrong? Any help
would be appreciated!
You're making the invalid assumption that Microsoft wrote a network aware windowing system. They didn't! It quite simply just doesn't work that way. There are no concepts like an X server, a display or the concept of saying "run this gui client here on this machine, but display it's window on another display". Indeed Windows just blindly assumes that you are logged in and present at the current machines physical CRT... oops - showing my age - monitor and (guessing here) that the appropriate structures are on the heap to put up this notepad.exe window on the current machine (in your example, the remote computer - which then fails, leaving notepad running but no visible window to interact with.

You might want to try installing Cygwin/X and using a true X server and X clients.
Andrew DeFaria <>
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