rxvt – A better console for Cygwin
I have been using xterm on Cygwin/X for a long time now. I love the fact that you can have a native X Windows server running on Windows with xterm and all the X11 goodies. However, since upgrading to Windows 7, I have had a lot of problems with getting both X and xterm to work properly.
I was somehow able to cobble some stuff together to make it all work but then… disaster! I found out that copying text from Windows and pasting it into xterm (specifically when I am connected to a remote host via SSH) kills my network connection for a few seconds! It happens every time and I haven’t found a single solution to this problem on the web after Googling for it for months.
After a lot of hair pulling, I discovered that Cygwin has a port of rxvt. So I installed it and it is working perfectly for me. I created a shortcut on my desktop with this as the target:
C:\Cygwin\bin\rxvt.exe -display :0 -fn "Consolas-20" -tn rxvt -e /usr/bin/bash --login -i
Copy/paste is working again and everything is as it should be.