Microsoft Windows and the X Window System — new title: updating my cygwin installation left me in trouble again

$ startxwin

I usually prefer the rootless way.

My applications nowadays “usually” run on a Linux (Debian, …) system or AIX.

Update 2018-04-18: After some cygwin updating startxwin prefers to shut down immediately.

I had no idea, that startxwin uses this start-up file: /etc/X11/xinit/startxwinrc . The last utility called there usually makes X wait for ever, but it faulted:


This is an alternative way to start X / my fallback solution:

$ xinit — -multiwindow -clipboard

Within a shell window started there I ran:

$ strace /usr/bin/xwin-xdg-menu

It said, there was a problem with  cygfreetype-6.dll . This weg page tells you, which cygwin packages include the file in question:

I reinstalled that package, and everything was fine.

Any lesson learned? The cygwin updating silently (?!?) left at least one corrupt file. Quite hard to find out, which one was concerned.


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