Still can't run XServer or any apps that require it

David M. Karr
Tue Apr 26 01:32:00 GMT 2011

On 4/25/2011 8:23 AM, Jon TURNEY wrote:
> On 23/04/2011 17:47, David M. Karr wrote:
>> Almost a week ago now, I've been unable to run my XServer, and thus any of the
>> apps that normally run with it, like Emacs.
> I realise this situation is an inconvenience, but please don't post to
> multiple lists just because you don't get a quick response.

I didn't do that entirely because I hadn't seen a response.  I 
considered the possibility that this was caused by an issue outside of 
the X server itself.

>> When I run "startxwin", it just
>> says "failed to activate core devices".
> [snip]
>> [498341.949] (EE) XKB: Could not invoke xkbcomp
>> [498341.949] (EE) XKB: Couldn't compile keymap
>> [498341.949] (EE) XKB: Failed to load keymap. Loading default keymap instead.
>> [498342.089] (EE) XKB: Could not invoke xkbcomp
>> [498342.089] (EE) XKB: Couldn't compile keymap
>> [498342.089] XKB: Failed to compile keymap
>> [498342.089] Keyboard initialization failed. This could be a missing or
>> incorrect setup of xkeyboard-config.
>> [498342.089] Fatal server error: Failed to activate core devices.
>> ------------------------------
>> I looked in the FAQ for the entry corresponding to this error, but none of the
>> steps found any issues.  I've tried doing "rebaseall" according to the
>> instructions, but that hasn't made any difference.  In fact, my problems
>> started when I ran "rebaseall" to fix a different problem.  I was getting
>> "Doing vfork: resource temporarily unavailable" when I started up Emacs, and
>> some advice I found suggested running "rebaseall".
> Unfortunately, rebaseall is a rather limited workaround, rather than a
> solution for these issues (for reasons which have been discussed extensively
> in the past)
> There has been a recent cygwin DLL change which *might* help in this
> situation, so I'd suggest you try the 2011-04-07 snapshot from [1] and see if
> that makes a difference. (I wouldn't recommend later ones as they seem to have
> a regression in a different area)
> [1]

Thanks, I'll move towards that.

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