perl debugger not working in xterm

Tom Goetze
Thu Dec 23 15:59:00 GMT 2004

Using a different version of perl is a possibility, but I would
think that this would be considered an xterm bug (or does every
application that cygwin needs to interact with need to be
re-written/ported to run inside of cygwin?)

Does anyone have any suggestions about where to look to start
to debug the problem (i.e. determine if is an xterm problem
or a an ActiveState problem)?

--- Christopher Faylor <>

> On Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 01:51:04PM -0800, Tom Goetze wrote:
> >Something very strange I discovered today, however, is that
> if I try to use
> >the perl debugger like this:
> >
> >perl -d -e 0
> >
> >then the perl debugging prompt does not appear in the xterm
> window, but
> >instead it appears (with mangled characters) in the cygwin
> terminal from
> >which I ran "startx".
> >
> >2. The version of perl is the ActiveState one that I
> installed outside of
> >cygwin, but that gets picked up from my Windows user's PATH.
> >
> >In particular, 
> >$ which perl
> >/cygdrive/c/Perl/bin/perl
> > 
> >Anything jump out as a potential problem for me (or a quick
> fix)?
> Use cygwin's perl?  ActiveState perl obviously doesn't
> understand cygwin's
> ptys.
> cgf

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