various X-based apps (konsole, mplayer, mencoder) fail to start

Phil Betts
Wed Jun 25 12:05:00 GMT 2008

John J. McDonough, WB8RCR wrote on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:01 AM::

> Do ANY X applications work?  Have you ever seen a GUI screen on your
> XP laptop?
> Bringing up a Cygwin terminal window is NOT the same as starting an
> Xterm. Do you have the Cygwin X displayed in the tray?

This is a valid question, but I think the lack of any error message
points to a missing DLL.  If it was due to there being no X server,
the normal response is to say something to the effect that it
cannot connect to the display.

Running "cygcheck konsole.exe" will show if any DLLs couldn't be

If any DLLs are missing, e.g. C:\cygwin\bin\cygkdefx-4.dll,
run cygcheck -p /bin/cygkdefx-4.dll to find out which package needs
to be installed.


> --McD
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Marco Schuster" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 5:51 PM
> Subject: various X-based apps (konsole, mplayer, mencoder) fail to
> start 
>> hello all,
>> hopefully one of you can help me:
>> i have a win xp home sp2 laptop here; i have cygwin up and running
>> (mirrors are and the only thing that does
>> not work are any of the kde apps (e.g. konsole) or mplayer/mencoder,
>> which are AFAIR compiled with X support (at least mplayer must be).
>> even if ran in a (working!) xterm, they simply exit without
>> displaying an error or other info or displaying some GUI.
>> this also prevents the kde desktop from being started, as
>> kstartupconfig suffers from the same problem.
>> any idea what might go wrong here?
>> thanks,
>> the|m.

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