Cygwin/X server displays nothing, sh.exe hangs

Mark Allen
Mon Dec 27 12:11:00 GMT 2004

I have been trying to set up cygwin/X on my laptop, Using exactly the same 
startup scripts & packages that work on my desktop, however it keeps failing 
(been trying for 2 days now).

I run the startXwin.bat script (or my own versions of it), 4 processes 


sh.exe sits on close to 100% cpu usage until I kill it manually, and nothing 
is displayed on the x server (command line version seems to work, but is 
missing several basic commands like ssh for some reason).

I've looked through the mailing lsit & seen zonealarm can be a culprit for 
these kind of symptoms, I do not have zonealarm installed, the only similar 
program is the mcafee security center & privacy service (which I cannot 
disable). I don't know if these cause the same issues as zonealarm.

The laptop is a dell inspiron 510m.

thanks in advance for any help
-mark allen

if it helps, here's the /tmp/xWin.log contents:
Welcome to the XWin X Server
Vendor: The Cygwin/X Project


XWin was started with the following command line:

/usr/X11R6/bin/XWin -multiwindow -clipboard -silent-dup-error

ddxProcessArgument - Initializing default screens
winInitializeDefaultScreens - w 1024 h 768
winInitializeDefaultScreens - Returning
_XSERVTransmkdir: ERROR: euid != 0,directory /tmp/.X11-unix will not be 
(II) XF86Config is not supported
(II) See for more information
(==) FontPath set to 
winAdjustVideoModeShadowGDI - Using Windows display depth of 32 bits per 
winAllocateFBShadowGDI - Creating DIB with width: 1024 height: 768 depth: 32
winInitVisualsShadowGDI - Masks 00ff0000 0000ff00 000000ff BPRGB 8 d 24 bpp 
null screen fn ReparentWindow
null screen fn RestackWindow
InitQueue - Calling pthread_mutex_init
InitQueue - pthread_mutex_init returned
InitQueue - Calling pthread_cond_init
InitQueue - pthread_cond_init returned
winInitMultiWindowWM - Hello
winMultiWindowXMsgProc - Hello
winMultiWindowXMsgProc - Calling pthread_mutex_lock ()
winInitMultiWindowWM - Calling pthread_mutex_lock ()
MIT-SHM extension disabled due to lack of kernel support
XFree86-Bigfont extension local-client optimization disabled due to lack of 
shared memory support in the kernel
(--) Setting autorepeat to delay=500, rate=31
(--) winConfigKeyboard - Layout: "00000809" (00000809)
(--) Using preset keyboard for "English (United Kingdom)" (809), type "4"

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