Can't start xterm from Cygwin/X icon in system tray

Jim Reisert AD1C
Thu Dec 31 15:35:00 GMT 2009

On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 6:33 AM, dahaiou wrote:
> Jim Reisert AD1C wrote:
>> I am unable to start an xterm from the Cygwin/X icon in the system tray
>> (right-click, select xterm).  Both setups have the same line in .XWinrc:
>>         "xterm"      EXEC  "xterm"
>> As  a work-around, I created a shortcut on my desktop to start an xterm:
>>     D:\Cygwin\bin\run.exe /usr/bin/xterm -display localhost:0
>> That works perfectly,
> What exact command is mapped to the "xterm" label in the right-click tray
> menu? It's configured in an init file somewhere though I can't remember the
> filename right now.

"which" points to /usr/bin/xterm

> Can you check whether the DISPLAY variable is set in the xterm process
> started from the tray menu? If it isn't, that would explain it.

I tried this explicitly:

         "xterm"      EXEC  "xterm -display localhost:0"

That didn't make a difference.

One other piece of data:  I modifed ~/.XWinrc and then clicked "Reload
.xwinrc" from the menu in the system tray. This KILLED the X server!

- Jim

Jim Reisert AD1C, <>,

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