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RE: [h-e-w] Cygwin and Emacs on Vista

From: Phil Betts
Subject: RE: [h-e-w] Cygwin and Emacs on Vista
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 17:50:00 +0100

1arrybarnett wrote on Wednesday, October 08, 2008 10:28 PM::

> dsyzling wrote:
>> Scott Fordin wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I can't get Emacs to work on Cygwin on Vista. Xemacs works
>>> just fine, but Emacs doesn't. When I try to launch Emacs in
>>> GUI mode from an xterm, the shell just hangs. When I try to
>>> launch it in console mode from a non-X bash shell, the shell
>>> just hangs. Again, Xemacs works; it's only Emacs that doesn't
>>> work. Running emacs-nox doesn't help. I've also tried using
>>> the -d and -nw options, but no joy.
>>> I'm running Cygwin on Windows Vista Home Premium SP1, as
>>> follows:
>>>    $ uname -a
>>>    CYGWIN_NT-6.0 balance 1.5.25(0.156/4/2) 2008-04-17 12:11 i686
>>> Cygwin 
>>> The version of Emacs I'm using is one that came with the
>>> Cygwin distribution, and is version 21.2.1.
>> Not just me then, same problem here fails on Vista and Windows Server
>> 2008. I have 21.2.1 running fine within a Windows XP virtual machine
>> though, so something specifically about the Vista kernel version.
>> I've yet to try later builds to see if this cures the problem - i.e.
>> 23.3. 
>> Darren
> Scott, unless there is some reason you need to run Emacs under
> cygwin, you can download a native Win32 build from GNU at
> I've been using it for years
> and it works fine.
> Cheers,
> Larry

Could this be the problem with rebasing and ncurses?  Several people on 
the cygwin list have found that after installing emacs, you need to do 

First, run rebaseall
Then, using setup.exe, reinstall libncurses7 (because you don't want the

ncurses DLL to be rebased).

If that doesn't work, try searching the cygwin mailing list archives at


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