Pavel Fedin | 27 May 14:52 2014

Automatic X server startup


 Recently i have started using Insight (
under Cygwin/X. Everything is quite good except one thing.
 I remember once upon a time i worked on MacOS X. There, X server starts up
automatically if there is some program requesting it. On Cygwin i still have
to run it by hands. Is is possible to set up autostart of the X server ? May
be i just don't know how to do it ?

Kind regards,
Pavel Fedin
Expert Engineer
Samsung Electronics Research center Russia

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Hans-Georg Scherneck | 27 May 13:45 2014

emacs holding focus, not granting it to xterm

I'm running cygwin x on my laptop [version 1.7.29(0.272/5/3), Windows 7 prof], start windows on
remote machines (cygwin and linux mint), that are exported to my laptop. I've noted the problem for
more than a year now and it's irritating still, new versions of cygwin and applications notwithstanding.

Here's what happens:
I enter text into emacs, move mouse to an xterm, click and enter text there, but text is going into
emacs. I can only move keyboard flow away from emacs after having done some nuisance operations in
the emacs window, like moving around the pointer; it mostly helps with one such instance, sometimes
I have to repeat. It's rather unpredictable. The raised status of the xterm window, however, is
deceiving me. So text goes even into hidden emacs windows.

Vague guess: Something's waiting in emacs to get satisfied so it would release the keyboard

I don't want focus-follows-mouse without a click for focus shift. So I haven't tried this option.
Would expect it wouldn't help. Is there an environment setting that would help? Anything else to get
rid of the glue?


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Ralf Oltmanns | 26 May 15:18 2014

Fatal error when starting Cygwin/X v1.15.0-2 built 2014-01-11

To whom it may concern,

I just installed cygwin/X on a freshly installed Windows 7 Professional (64bit).

When trying to start XWin Server, it crashes with signal 11 (Segmentation fault)

My installation is as follows:
Package: version 1.15.0-2 built 2014-01-11

XWin was started with the following command-line:
X :0 -multiwindow

Please find attached the XWin.0.log.

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Yaakov (Cygwin/X | 17 May 00:04 2014

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: libXfont-1.4.8-1 [SECURITY]

The following packages have been added or updated in the Cygwin 

* libXfont1-1.4.8-1
* libXfont-devel-1.4.8-1

libXfont provides the core of the legacy X11 font system, handling the 
index files (fonts.dir, fonts.alias, fonts.scale), the various font file 
formats, and rasterizing them.   It is used by the X servers, the X Font 
Server (xfs), and some font utilities (namely bdftopcf), but should not 
be used by normal X11 clients.  X11 clients access fonts via either the 
new APIs in libXft, or the legacy APIs in libX11.

This update fixes CVE-2014-0209, CVE-2014-0210, and CVE-2014-0211 as 
described here:





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apchar | 16 May 18:19 2014

where are xfig libraries specified?

[moved from gmane.os.cygwin]

I want to add some components to the default xfig libraries. I want to put
them where they'd ultimately go (/usr/lib/xfig/Libraries/newstuffdir). But I
cant find the resource or file that determines the path to the libraries
available to xfig. It's not specified in /etc/X11/app-defaults/Fig where I'd
expect it to be. $XFIGLIBDIR is not set. It's not in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.
I can't add anything to the library without access to that resource (or
file). I know I can use the -library_dir switch but I want my stuff to show
up in the default menus. 
So where is the resource/file I edit to add my library?

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startxwin.exe no longer processes -- :1

I have tried -- :1, -d 1 and -display 1, none of which work. What am I doing

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winInitializeScreenDefaults - native DPI x 96 y 96
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension Generic Event Extension
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension SHAPE
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension MIT-SHM
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension XInputExtension
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension XTEST
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension BIG-REQUESTS
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension SYNC
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension XKEYBOARD
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension XC-MISC
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension XINERAMA
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension XFIXES
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension XFree86-Bigfont
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension RENDER
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension RANDR
[447596.493] Initializing built-in extension COMPOSITE
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Philip Schneider | 9 May 17:22 2014

configure errors for xclock

Greetings -

Very long-time X user/programmer, complete n00b using it in cygwin…

I have what should be an up-to-date cygwin install on a Windows 7 box. Used the setup application to retrieve
the source code for xclock (tried both the 6 and 7 versions). Trying to run “configure”, I get errors:

    No package ‘xaw7’ found
    No package ‘xmu’ found

I don’t see an entry for either of these in the setup application…

What am I doing wrong? Am I missing some somewhat-less-obvious thing to install? I using “configure;
make” not the right way to do things? 


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Yaakov (Cygwin/X | 9 May 17:07 2014

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: fontconfig-2.11.1-1

The following packages have been updated for the Cygwin distribution:

*** fontconfig-2.11.1-1
*** libfontconfig1-2.11.1-1
*** libfontconfig-devel-2.11.1-1

Fontconfig is a library designed to provide system-wide font 
configuration, customization and application access.

This is an update to the latest upstream release.  The Windows font 
directory has been removed from the default fonts path due to issues 
caused by stale caches; a separate package to add it to the path, as 
well as keep the cache current automatically, should be available soon.





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Yaakov (Cygwin/X | 9 May 17:04 2014

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: qt4-4.8.6-1

The following packages have been updated for the Cygwin distribution:

*** qt4-*-4.8.6-1
*** libQt*4-4.8.6-1
*** libQt*4-devel-4.8.6-1

Qt is a cross-platform application framework for desktop and embedded
development. Qt enables programmers to create advanced GUI applications
once and deploy them to Windows, Mac OS X and Linux without rewriting 
the source code.

This release is an update to the latest bugfix release, and also 
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Jon TURNEY | 7 May 14:26 2014

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: xorg-server-1.15.1-2

The following packages have been updated in the Cygwin distribution:

*** xorg-server-*1.15.1-2

These packages contain XWin and the other X.Org X11 servers.

The following cygwin-specific changes have been made since 1.15.1-1:

* Fix X server sometimes getting stuck during exit if it owns the 
Windows clipboard
* Fix sometimes missing system menu icons in multiwindow mode on Vista 
and later
* Avoid a "Your OS is unknown" warning when configuring Xorg for cygwin

a4a3a9cbf96f57caea3aa75817c315fd *xorg-server-1.15.1-2-src.tar.xz
f2005846a8c6532f525e47bd2c7835b6 *xorg-server-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
3e528d91583a661723b278c14f653f1d *xorg-server-common-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
66a59d1dbc264082ad358cbdb92b858f *xorg-server-debuginfo-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
a2b7312bb6fd367f1f7c8d87cec35c1a *xorg-server-devel-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
ddcb841a1d0957b2752791bdf7c4f76f *xorg-server-dmx-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
3cb714b19889766592f5a66cdcf2dbee *xorg-server-extra-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
b5c65120980a02352801c5d9ae74e13b *xwinclip-1.15.1-2.tar.xz

db259c96e6c865a3d2ffebfce8a61014 *xorg-server-1.15.1-2-src.tar.xz
ab3522058a8ef4f8381c87070f468718 *xorg-server-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
2a0be52c750164ce76c534e5760f4042 *xorg-server-common-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
2dfed21f9a7207908a69fd48df228a1e *xorg-server-debuginfo-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
f91d28ef5fe063f1198eae5a4769f56c *xorg-server-devel-1.15.1-2.tar.xz
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Nem W Schlecht | 5 May 20:39 2014

xterm crashing when trying to access Ctrl-<mouse click> menu items

Hello all,

For over a month now I've been having issues with my xterms in Cygwin.
 If I try to access *any* menu item under the Ctrl-<mouse button> menu
items (change font, turn on/off scrollbar, redraw window, etc.), my
xterm crashes the moment I un-press my mouse button.  I don't access
them all that often, so I don't know how long the issue has been
around, but it's been a couple of months now.

I've tried launching it with an empty .Xdefaults file (home dir) and
by moving my .bashrc/.bash_profile files out of the way - still the
same result.  I've also gone out and downloaded the latest XTerm code
and have a version compiled with debugging, but my C skills are really
rusty and I'm not seeing anything terribly useful in gdb (I set my
CYGWIN env var to "error_start=dumper -d %1 %2" so I would get core
dumps).  I compiled a version with a different "DEFCLASS" set so that
I *know* it's not a bad resource or resource file.

I'm running 64 bit on Windows 7.  More details in the attached cygcheck.out.

Anybody else on 64bit Cygwin / Win 7 having the same issues?


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