Wed Dec 8 20:36:00 GMT 2004
hey, don't sweat it!
i've just been getting up to speed on this after playing with x for
a few years but not using it properly.
here's how I do things (so I'm open to flames too!)
I used to use the startx... scripts, but don't bother, it's actually
really easy to do it without.
1. dead easy way: download "morten's cygwin x launcher"
(as I write this, it's top link on "www.cygwin.com - software section)
this is a great way to learn and try out all the options and window managers
for X. Click a few check boxes, click "Go" and try out X
2. another easy way:
once you've played with Morten's launcher, you should be a bit more
happy with some of the options available, so now you can start to work
with X via xinit and some command line params to fine tune how you run it.
so, install openbox (and a few other windows managers along with your
xorg stuff, e.g. fvwm, twm etc.)
then create a file in your $HOME called ".xinitrc"
in it, put these two lines:
- - - - - 8< - - - -
- - - - - - - - - -
dunno if line 1 is needed, but I always force scripts to be bash-able.
after this, you can simply type
to run x
a better startup is something like:
nohup >/tmp/xinit.log </dev/null 2>&1 xinit -- :0 -nodecoration -clipboard &
basically, everything after the "--" are args that get passed to X (or Xwin,
that is sym-linked to Xwin, or Xwin_GL if you have a GL)
the "nohup" means "if my shell dies, don't die yourself"
you can remove "-nodecoration" if you want to have windows borders, but
I tend to run X on a 2nd monitor and don't want the windows border.
"-clipboard" allows copy and paste between windows and X. I'd rather have
a "-noclipboard" option personally, as I can't think of a reason to NOT
have it enabled.
I've also install xfce4 as a full desktop. It's nice, and I did it out
of curiosity. If you just want to play, get fvwm or openbox and mess around
with the window manager, before expanding.
- - -
some of my own setup from "cygcheck -c -d" :
this ain't a complete list, but is some of the x related stuff.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of Brock Denson
Sent: 08 December 2004 18:34
Subject: starting cygwinx
sorry about the newbie question. i can feel the flames coming...
anyway, i have downloaded and installed cygwin and the xfree libraries
via setup as per the users guide on the website. i can not find the
startwin.bat or .sh files nor is the /etc/X11/xinit file present. can
someone tell me where i can find these files and how to get an xterm
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