Using Cygwin Emacs

Ken Brown
Mon May 16 10:14:00 GMT 2011

On 5/16/2011 12:35 AM, Sayth Renshaw wrote:
> I have installed emacs and followed the instruction to create the
> emacs-shortcut.
> renshaw@RenshawResidence /usr/bin
> $ make-emacs-shortcut
> *** Info: Created /usr/local/bin/emacs.xml.
> *** Info: Created /usr/bin/emacs.lnk.
> *** Info: You should move it to the desired location.
> *** Info: Feel free to edit its properties
> *** Info: or the contents of /usr/local/bin/emacs.xml.
> However emacs will not run from the shortcut,

Did you install the mintty and run2 packages?  See 
/usr/share/doc/Cygwin/emacs.README, under "Runtime requirements".

> so I tried running emacs
> from the bash shell, however it gave a message that this required the
> bourne shell. Is there a way to set the Bourne shell as default so i
> can launch emacs from it?

There's no need to change your default shell; emacs runs fine under 
bash.  Could there be something in your .emacs file that's causing the 
problem?  To eliminate this possibility, start emacs with the command 
'emacs -Q', preferably in a mintty window.  If something goes wrong, 
please copy and paste the error message in your reply.  Also, please 
follow the problem-reporting guidelines at

including the part about attaching the output of 'cygcheck -s -v -r'.


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