Resizing problem

Olwe Melwasul
Fri Jul 16 01:27:00 GMT 2010

On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 4:20 PM, Ken Brown <> wrote:
> On 7/15/2010 3:51 PM, Olwe Melwasul wrote:
>> Yes, I am using the emacs-X11 and yes, I started it (after starting
>> the X server to get multiwindowed mode) with ">emacs&" at the cygwin
>> command. Emacs-X11 comes up fine, looking good. Then I do "M-x shell"
>> to get a shell environment inside of Emacs. But what comes up is not
>> bash. I'm not sure what it is, but it sees no cygwin apps: It doesn't
>> know what "ls" or "which diff" or any other GNU/cygwin stuff is. I
>> assume it is the DOS shell. Oddly, if I start emacs-X11 inside the
>> windowed mode (startx) and do emacs shell mode, it does see bash and
>> the rest of the GNU/cygwin apps.
> [Please don't top-post.]
> I think the problem is that your PATH isn't set correctly inside emacs.  How
> are you starting the X server?  If you use the start menu shortcut (with
> target C:\cygwin\bin\run.exe /usr/bin/bash.exe -l -c /usr/bin/startxwin.exe)
> you shouldn't have that problem.  Notice that it uses 'bash -l' precisely so
> that the environment, including PATH, is set up in the normal way.
> Ken

I started the X-server with the menu shortcut (which has the execute
string you listed) and ... after ... a full minute it delivers a
stand-alone xterm. I then click on the Emacs-X11, and after a long
wait, it comes up. I do an M-x shell -- and get a "sh-3.2$" prompt. I
try some commands, and it only seems to know a few. "cd" does get me
to "/home/Olwe" which tells me it must have something to do with
cygwin, but it knows no other GNU/cygwin other than perhaps "pwd".

Next, I kill it and start Emacs-X11 in the xterm "emacs &". It comes
up fine. I do M-x shell -- and get the identical prompt I got in
xterm, namely,


I type commands and they work -- it sees the GNU/cygwin apps fine --
but it leaves odd characters after it returns, e.g.

$ which diff

The last string is not random, it has some method to its madness. For example

$ ls
dbus-4xiZFwCMPa  dbus-U6vB5c6MSd  dbus-hdtwMyVbXA  dbus-yXQ8LOSIN3

Actually, I copied the above output and lost the ^[ and the ^G, but
they show up on the emacs shell output.

Next, I kill emacs-X11 stand-alone and start emacs -nw in the xterm.
Same funky characters. I try other consoles -- same funky characters.
Again, the windowed mode doesn't have these problems, just the issues
with minimized apps disappearing beyond the bottom of Openbox.

If I could just get rid of the funky xterm characters, I'd call it a day....

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