windowed mode seemingly unavailable

Igor Pechtchanski
Mon Mar 22 05:39:00 GMT 2004


On Sun, 21 Mar 2004, Brian Deckard wrote:

> Takuma, thanks for your quick response.  My apologies in advance to all
> (because I don't think this will end up in the proper thread), but I have
> still not received a copy of either Takuma's e-mail or mine in my inbox.

FYI, you can use the "Raw text" link in the archives to get the
mbox-formatted message to reply to -- Google for "cygwin getting

> I did read the response on the website though and am now very close to a
> solution.  Using 'startx -- :0', I can open the xserver window with an xterm
> started.  However, the xterm does not have any toolbars allowing it to be
> resized or repositioned.  Compounding the problem is the fact that whenever
> I launch a remote app like say xclock, it opens on top of the xterm (and
> since there are no toolbars, I cannot move or close it either).

You need to run a window manager (e.g., twm).  The multiwindow mode comes
with a built-in window manager (i.e., the Windows one), but for all other
modes you need to explicitly run one.

> I have tried looking through the xwin arguments mentioned here:
> but do not seem to see anything related (I have tried -scrollbars and
> -nodecoration).  Just as a workaround, I also tried to see if installing the
> other slightly older package of xfree86 using the setup utility would bring
> me back to the old green toolbar with white background arrangement that was
> working for me before, but no success.

Just try running "twm &" from the xterm before you start other clients...
You can also add it to your xinitrc.

> -----------------------
> Brian,
> The default mode from startx is now -multiwindow that you got.
> Although its performance has been improved, you can edit
> /usr/X11R6/bin/startx to modify defaultserverargs.  Or you can
> override default args on invocation, for example 'startx -- :0'
> ("--" indicates that following arguments should be given to the
> X server).
> Takuma Murakami

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