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# Re: looking for what is hopefully a simple answer for someone trying to use EMACS in cygwin

• From: "Elfyn McBratney" <elfyn-cygwin at exposure dot org dot uk>
• To: "cygwin" <cygwin at cygwin dot com>,"Samir Gupta" <samir dot gupta at Barra dot COM>
• Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 22:30:21 -0000
• Subject: Re: looking for what is hopefully a simple answer for someone trying to use EMACS in cygwin
• References: <5A1F6B8E14097144AF309F36A29327220F7207@iris.win.barra.com>
• Reply-to: "Elfyn McBratney" <cygwin at cygwin dot com>

```> Yes, that is what I am trying to do.  However, I would like emacs to open
up
> in a separate window from the prompt window.
>
> to open up my tcsh I am running:
> rxvt -e tcsh
>
> then, from the tcsh prompt:
>
> 1) If I type "emacs" I get the error I pasted below (if the enviornment
> variable DISPLAY is set).
> 2) If I type "emacs" and the environment variable DISPLAY is not set, then
> emacs opens up in the current window.
> 3) If I type "emacs -nw", then regardless of whether or not DISPLAY is
set,
> emacs opens up in the current window.
>
> [...]
>
>
> > Why would exceed cause this problem?  I have the problem even when I
don't
> > run exceed on this computer.  I am also almost certain that this did not
> > work when I tried it on a computer that did not have exceed on it at
all.
> >
>
> Are you trying to run plain-old emacs from a cygwin prompt and it keeps
> telling you about the X thing? If so just run `emacs -nw'. If not, then
> Sorry! :-)
> [...]

O.K. I think you are thinking of linux where if you type it in in X it opens
up the X version and if you add a '&' it opens backgrounded? If so, you
can't really do that from what I can think of. What you can do is something
similar to what cygwin does by placing a shortcut on your desktop running

And just clicking on it as and when you want to use emacs...

Regards,

Elfyn McBratney
elfyn@exposure.org.uk
www.exposure.org.uk

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