64-bit xfree86 failing?

l.wood@surrey.ac.uk l.wood@surrey.ac.uk
Tue Dec 2 04:34:00 GMT 2014

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I don't have a ~/.startxwinrc file, because the account home directory was created without one.

Creating one, making it executable, adding commands to it makes no difference - the X server launches (--muiltiwindow or not) and then decides to shut down.

Do not update your cygwin installations, would be my advice.

Lloyd Wood
From: Tim Kingman <tim.kingman@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, 2 December 2014 3:22 AM
To: cygwin-xfree@cygwin.com; Wood L Dr (Electronic Eng)
Subject: Re: 64-bit xfree86 failing?

I see the same issue, and it looks like this is because I have an empty (co=
mmented-out) ~/.startxwinrc

Removing this file causes X to open and start an xterm, probably because it=
broke several of the new rules in https://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin-xfree/2014-=

* User-defined ~/.startxwinrc files must now be executable, the final comma=
nd therein must be run in the foreground, and that command's exiting will e=
nd the X session, just like with startx and ~/.xinitrc or ~/.Xclients.

This is then another problem for me because my .bashrc calls startxwin to m=
ake sure I always have an X server running ( per http://stackoverflow.com/a=
/9301966 ), and then I get caught in a loop of launching new X servers infi=
nitely (probably from startxwin now finding a new DISPLAY, and specifying b=
oth :0 and -silent-dup-error doesn't seem to silence the error that :0 alre=
ady exists). I'll keep playing with this to see if I can come up with a sol=
ution to duplicate my previous behavior: Any new bash shell makes sure that=
X is running, with no X apps running, and only one X is running, and new s=
hells don't cause "display already exists" errors.


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