I am using Emacs 23.1 with Cygwin but when I try to exit by pressing C-x C-c it says C-x C-g is undefined and I am not able to exit.


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This problem can be fixed by inserting the following line in file Cygwin.bat before the line with bash --login -i:

set CYGWIN=tty notitle glob

File Cygwin.bat is in the root of the Cygwin installation and is also the file that there is a shortcut to in menu Start/Programs/Cygwin. The shortcut may be named Cygwin Bash Shell.

I have tested it and my version of the Cygwin.bat file now contains:

@echo off

chdir e:\cygwin171\bin

set CYGWIN=tty notitle glob

bash --login -i
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    Thank you, this fixed it for me! Should definitely be the accepted answer.
    – Skilldrick
    Jul 14, 2010 at 14:41
  • @31eee384: you are welcome! Feb 11, 2011 at 21:36

Sounds like a Cygwin issue, interpreting Ctrl-c as Interrupt and Emacs somehow translating that to its interrupt character, Ctrl-g.

As a workaround, you can always exit Emacs by doing Meta-xsave-buffers-kill-terminal .


I had the same problem and just solved it by adding a Windows environment variable called CYGWIN with the value "tty".

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