1.7 - what's the right way to start X?

DePriest, Jason R. jrdepriest@gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 16:58:00 GMT 2009

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 10:12 AM, Fredrik Staxeng <> wrote:
> "Larry Hall (Cygwin X)" <> writes:
>>On 12/03/2009 04:07 PM, Fredrik Staxeng wrote:
>>> What is the recommended/preferred way to start X in 1.7? In 1.5
>>> I used a modified version of startxwin.bat. And where do I
>>> put my .xinitrc/.xsession script?
>>What about startxwin.bat doesn't work for you?  There shouldn't be
>>differences between 1.5 and 1.7 here.

1.7 makes some pretty significant changes on how 'mount' works.

Basically, Cygwin 1.7 uses a real fstab file instead of a bunch of
registry entries and 'mount' only creates temporary mounts.  If you
want a permanent mount, use the fstab file.

In a little bit more detail, see below.

From: http://cygwin.com/1.7/cygwin-ug-net/ov-new1.7.html
- Mount points are no longer stored in the registry.  Use /etc/fstab
  and /etc/fstab.d/$USER instead.  Mount points created with mount(1)
  are only local to the current session and disappear when the last
  Cygwin process in the session exits.
- Cygwin creates the mount points for /, /usr/bin, and /usr/lib automatically
  from it's own position on the disk.  They don't have to be specified in

This discusses the mount table in more detail:

This is the help information for mount under 1.7:



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