Interaction with non-cygwin programs

Brian Inglis
Sat Oct 24 18:10:14 GMT 2020

On 2020-10-24 09:04, Federico Kircheis via Cygwin wrote:
> I've lately updated Windows to the latest version, and cygwin too (I had
> something previous to 3.0).
> I've read that interaction with non-cygwin programs should be better because of
> the console-helper.
> But in my daily usage the integration is worse, programs like tmux or even less
> seems to have more issues than before.
> For example
>   /cygdrive/c/Program\ Files/TortoiseSVN/bin/svn log | less
> used to work correctly.
> Currently if I press arrow down or up less does not scroll up or down anymore
> and "ESC[" appears briefly at the top-left of the console.
> Of course i could install subversion inside cygwin, as
> svn log | less
> works without issues, but it's just an example.
> git, adb, and other programs trigger the same behavior.
> Also less is not the only program, tmux for example has similar issues.
> I believe the underlying issue is console-helper but I'm not sure how I could
> test it, as I did, for example, not find how I could disable it, or if the issue
> is already known.
> I'm able to reproduce the issue on a clean machine, so it should not be a
> configuration issue on my side.

I think setting CYGWIN=disable_pcon in your user or system environment should
disable it: search for that setting for more information.

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

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