Is there a one-liner to start a xterm window (and close XWin at the end of the session)?

Bob McGowan
Fri Jul 17 18:02:29 GMT 2020

On 7/17/20 7:46 AM, Fergus Daly via Cygwin wrote:
> On 17/07/2020 13:48, Fergus Daly via Cygwin wrote:
>>> At the moment I initiate a xterm session with a 4-line cmd script at the Cygwin root directory as follows:
>>> @bin\run bin\XWin -clipboard -nolock -multiwindow 2> nul
>>> @timeout 4 > nul 2> nul
>>> @bin\xterm -display :0.0 2> nul
>>> @bin\kill -KILL -- -1
>>> Not wishing to mend what isn't broken, can anybody recommend a slicker opener (and closer)?
>>> (All the lines, and all their components, seem to be essential.
>>> Line 1 is a necessary precursor. Line 2 induces an apparently essential pause.
>>> Line 3 opens the xterm session, which can then be progressed to its conclusion.
>>> At which: resumption of the cmd script at line 4 kills the now redundant XWin session.
>>> Thus guaranteeing a neat finish with no straggling processes.)
>>> Thank you for any easement! A one-liner would be perfect.
> Jon Turney replied:
>> "xinit /usr/bin/xterm -- -nolock -multiwindow"
>> (Although you might want to use startx instead, as perhaps that will
>> behave better if an X server is already running for display :0)
> Thank you! This works beautifully at the bash prompt without all the hassle
> about on-ing and off-ing XWin so it is already a great easement.
> So I tried rewriting as a one-line cmd script* at the Cygwin root directory:
> @bin\xinit.exe bin\xterm -- -nolock -multiwindow
> (and then variations beginning with start / run) and got an error message ending in:
> bin/xinit: giving up
> bin/xinit: unable to connect to X server: Connection refused
> bin/xinit: server error
> Is there some way I can incorporate your one line  into a Windows command single line
> that starts the xterm process, rather than the 4-line Windows script at the top of this post?
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You might try using forward slashes for the Cygwin portion of the command:

   @bin\xinit.exe bin/xterm -- -nolock -multiwindow

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