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msys starts conhost instead of rxvt on Windows 7

mathog
I have been running Mingw/Msys on an XP system for years.  When the
msys.bat script is run rxvt starts.  A clean install was just performed
on a Windows 7 system.  There starting Msys runs conhost instead.  
Poking around a bit I can see that the msys.bat changed the default from
rxvt.exe to "unknown", which ends up with MSYSCON set to "sh.exe", which
is apparently why conhost starts.

I know nothing about the relative merits of rxvt vs. conhost, other than
that the screen colors set for rxvt are of course ignored by conhost.  
Why is conhost now run by default, and how, if at all, does this change
affect working within the Msys terminal window?

Thanks,

David Mathog
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Re: msys starts conhost instead of rxvt on Windows 7

Keith Marshall-3
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On 02/06/16 17:52, mathog wrote:
> I have been running Mingw/Msys on an XP system for years.  When the
> msys.bat script is run rxvt starts.  A clean install was just
> performed on a Windows 7 system.  There starting Msys runs conhost
> instead.
>
> ...
>
> Why is conhost now run by default,

RXVT, on MSYS (and maybe cygwin too) has been broken ... like forever.
 AFAIK, it is no longer maintained, and, at the request of its former
maintainer, we discontinued offering it as the default.

> and how, if at all, does this change affect working within the
> Msys terminal window?

Barely at all.  IIRC, cut-and-paste uses different controls; command
pipelines work *much* more reliably.  FWIW, I also use the third party
Console2 container, in preference to Microsoft's conhost.

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Keith.

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