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I'm trying to get Emacs to work over SSH under Windows (both client and server). With Emacs 23.2 (downloaded from the GNU FTP), SUA as SSH server and Bitvise as SSH client, when I run './emacs.exe -nw' I get "standard input is not a tty".

It says here that this also doesn't work on a cygwin server, and here is an old thread (2000) discussing the same (or very similar) issue.

Has anyone got this to work?

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You may use one of the following application to get the xWindows emulator in your windows:

When using Exceed all you have to do is mark a checkbox "Enable X11 forwarding" in your Putty when connecting to ssh. Then simply type "emacs" while in console and you will get the Emacs running in a GUI in your Windows. I did not use Xming but I suspect it should work in a similar way.

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Thanks, but I only wanted a console, not a GUI... – Mauricio Scheffer Oct 26 '12 at 16:23
Right, I assumed that if it should work over ssh and in Windows then it's a GUI question. Anyway, hope it can help someone in future. – Datageek Oct 26 '12 at 16:30

Have you considered using dokan on your client and just accessing the files "locally" through that?

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Dokan seems to be having some issues currently ( ), plus it would run locally which I guess would be pretty slow... – Mauricio Scheffer Mar 13 '11 at 22:04

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