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# can't run cygwin emacs or XWin Server

• From: mike <mikereape at onetel dot com>
• To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
• Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 12:55:03 +0000
• Subject: can't run cygwin emacs or XWin Server
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```I run 32 bit cygwin on a 64 bit machine running Windows 7.

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I used to get an XWin Server terminal running bash at startup (logging into Windows) from which I could run the emacs packaged in cygwin. After a round of updates I don't get the terminal window at startup and if I try to manually launch it it fails to launch and AFAICT if I try to run emacs from a command prompt I get the native version of emacs that I also have installed and not the cygwin one. The shortcut for XWin Server is
```
C:\cygwin\bin\run.exe /usr/bin/bash.exe -l -c /usr/bin/startxwin.exe

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This seems to me to be the "phantom /usr/bin issue" mentioned at www.postgresql.org/message-id/blngoc%24nrr%241%40sea.gmane.org because I get the same behaviour described there and in related posts. I have verified that "/usr/bin" and "/bin" are the same as far as ls is concerned. The relevant part of the path as shown in System Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables is "C:\cygwin\usr\bin;C:\cygwin\bin" which precedes "C:\Users\Mike\Downloads\emacs-25.1-2-i686-w64-mingw32\bin" in the path which is what ends up running.
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However if I run the MS shell in emacs or use command prompt then "which ls", "which bash", "which emacs", "which printenv", "which startxwin" and "which which" all come back with "/usr/bin/..." so those are recognised by which at least.
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I hope I'm just missing the obvious.  Thanks for any help

Merry Christmas
Mike

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