startxwin/XWin won't start properly

Larry Hall (Cygwin X)
Wed Jun 30 01:49:00 GMT 2010

On 6/29/2010 6:56 PM, Bradley, Mike wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cygwin-xfree-owner@... [mailto:cygwin-xfree-owner@...] On Behalf Of Larry Hall (Cygwin X)
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 6:40 PM
>> To: cygwin-xfree@...
>> Subject: Re: startxwin/XWin won't start properly

<>  Also, there's nothing to be
gained (and plenty to be lost) by including unneeded headers in your
reply.  Please consider removing them in future correspondences with the


>> Remove the DISPLAY setting.  Update your installation (your cygwin package
>> is out-of-date).  You also have a couple of orphaned installations of
>> Cygwin. Make sure those are all cleaned up/out.
> Hi,
> In the past I have not found a good way to "remember" which packages where
> installed (e.g. non-default packages).  Is there a file/way to run setup.exe
> so that a specified set of packages are installed?

Not surprisingly, Chris got this right on the nose.  It would be ludicrous
for me to embellish. :-)


> (I have several times just run setup.exe, and it does seem to update some
> packages, but as you state, it is not completely clean)

Actually, that's not what I meant at all.  Your cygcheck output showed that
you had, at one time, installed Cygwin to C:\cygwin and C:\cygwin\cygdrive,
both of which are now "ORPHANED", meaning that at least some (could be all)
of the installation is now missing.  You should make sure that the entire
installation has been deleted in both places.  Once that is true, you should
run 'cygcheck --delete-orphaned-installation-keys' so that cygcheck will not
report those directories anymore.  This is something completely different
from 'setup.exe' and its installation process.  'setup.exe' knows what it
has installed and where and will maintain those packages (updating them as
required and requested) whenever you run it.  It cannot, however, maintain
an installation if it has been removed or manipulated by other tools, which
is what seems to have happened to your two orphaned installations.  So you
need to finish cleaning these up as I described above.  It may simply be a
bookkeeping exercise or it might be more than that.  But it's worth checking

Larry Hall                    
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A: Yes.
> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
>>> Q: Why is top posting annoying in email?

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