rxvt sets DISPLAY without X11

Igor Pechtchanski pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Fri Sep 5 19:23:00 GMT 2003

On Fri, 5 Sep 2003, Andrew DeFaria wrote:

> Hans Werner Strube wrote:
> > If rxvt is used from the login shell outside X11, without XWin running
> > and /tmp/.X11-unix/ empty, it nevertheless sets DISPLAY to ':0'. This
> > even happens if rxvt is started directly from a Windows shortcut:
> > C:\cygwin\bin\rxvt.exe -e /bin/bash --login Does this have a special
> > meaning or is it a bug?
> rxvt does not set DISPLAY for me. You must be setting it somewhere else
> (Windows environment variables perhaps?)


rxvt seems to explicitly set DISPLAY to ":0" if it's not set in the
environment or passed in (see rxvt_init_resources() in init.c:535).  If
you run 'rxvt -e "bash --login -i -x"', you should be able to see where
DISPLAY is unset in your environment.
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