Problems with mintty jump list

Brian Inglis
Sun May 13 07:47:00 GMT 2018

On 2018-05-12 06:28, Michael Schaap wrote:
> I'm experimenting with the new mintty jump list feature, but I'm having trouble
> getting things working.
> I've added the following to my .minttyrc:
>     TaskCommands=default:-p 100,100;myserver:-p bottom -p right -o
> BackgroundColour=255,250,230 -e /usr/bin/ssh -C -Y -o ServerAliveInterval=60
> I then started mintty with:
>     mintty -o AppID=minttytest
> The MinTTY window appeared, with a new icon on the task bar.  I pinned that
> icon, and closed this new window.
> A right click on the taskbar icon now indeed shows two jump list entries:
> default and myserver.
> But when I click on "default", a MinTTY window does open and runs my shell
> (which is zsh), but the environment is different than normal: for instance,
> /usr/bin is not in the $PATH and most commands are therefore not found.  (It's
> not running as a login shell?)
> When I close all MinTTY windows, the icon remains on the taskbar (as it should),
> but the jump list entries are gone.
> What am I doing wrong?

Why would you even expect jump lists to be shown on console window icons?
Jump lists show (some) recent items opened by an app thru Explorer shell
interactions, but mintty does not open files dropped from Explorer, just
converts the Windows path to a Cygwin path, and pastes that.

If you man mintty and search for Taskbar, you can find out more about how you
can preset jump list items for mintty, and the requirements and limitations.
You may also want to search for more info about jump lists on the mintty project
site at

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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