XWin starts but hangs as soon as I start an X-application

Jay Abel jabel@flex.com
Sun Aug 19 01:37:00 GMT 2007

On 8/18/07, Larry Hall (Cygwin X) <reply-to-list-only-lh-x@cygwin.com> wrote:
> Jay Abel wrote:
> > I'm having similar trouble, starting yesterday.  xterm and xclock both
> > hang as described, but xeyes, xfig and rxvt all work.
> And have you installed any "dodgy app" recently?
> --
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Not recently, but I'm checking now.  I do have an evil logitech mouse,
but I thought I forced it to use the stock ms drivers.  It's possible
that I already have the unwanted/conflicting software, but that it
wasn't a problem until I upgraded to the most recent cygwin1.dll.
I'll see if I can find the list of evil applications then check if I
have any of them installed, and also try using an older cygwin.dll to
see if the problem disappears.

I noticed that in the case of xterm, its associated shell also starts
and the xterm process cannot be killed until the corresponding shell
has also been killed, not from taskmanager, cygwin, etc.  On the other
hand, even typing 'xterm -version' hangs before any output is
produced.  It's almost as if the output pipe isn't being created
properly, but ps doesn't show xterm in the I state.  What I'm trying
to say is that the problem seems to happen when output is produced.
Note that even if the $DISPLAY variable isn't set, xterm still hangs
(you'd expect it to spit out an error message and die).  So I'd wager
the problem is related to writing to stdout, not to X.

I'll take another look to see if I have any of the non-recommended
applications, such as logitech stuff, that might be interfering.

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