startxwin.exe no longer exists?

Mark Hansen
Tue Dec 16 14:29:00 GMT 2014

On 12/15/2014 6:49 PM, Will Parsons wrote:
> Marco Atzeri wrote:
>> On 12/12/2014 7:07 PM, Will Parsons wrote:
>>> For several years now I have been starting X windows by clicking on an
>>> icon on my desktop that is a link to C:\cygwin\bin\startxwin.exe.  It
>>> has recently ceased to work because apparently startxwin.exe no longer
>>> exists.  Somehow I missed where this was removed, so what is the
>>> recommended way of starting X from a desktop icon now?
>>> I seem to recall that startxwin.exe was introduced some time ago
>>> because using a script to start X was inadequate somehow, but I don't
>>> remember the details, so what changed?
> OK - so what I get from that is that whatever problems were associated
> with the original shell script have been solved and startxwin is now a
> shell script again.  But, my basic question is unanswered - how do I
> start an X session from an icon?  Obviously, simply replacing the link
> to startxwin.exe to startxwin will not work, so I copied the shortcut
> from the start menu to the desktop and tried it (after renaming my
> .xinitrc and .startxwinrc files to avoid any problems with the change
> of model).

Here is the content of the desktop shortcut that I use:

C:\Apps\cygwin\bin\run.exe /usr/bin/bash.exe -l -c "/usr/bin/startxwin.exe -- -emulate3buttons 100 -multiwindow -clipboard -swcursor"

I have this set to run when I log into the machine and it works fine.

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