Killing Cygwin Emacs

This has been bothering me for a long time. According to an old post, Ctrl-C can’t be properly mapped in the normal Cygwin console running under Windows; so Ctrl-X-Ctrl-C-ing out of Emacs under Cygwin is not an option.

Alternatives are as follows:

  • Set the environmental variable CYGWIN=tty. (This may disable echo back to the local terminal when you exit Emacs.)
  • Run emacs under rxvt or X.
  • Use M-x kill-emacs. (I wish I had know about this years ago.)

Die, emacs. Die.

5 thoughts on “Killing Cygwin Emacs

  1. If you are like me and need to use native cmd for some older windows programs, just assign kill-emacs to “C-x c” like so:

    emacs ~/.emacs

    Add this line:
    (global-set-key (kbd “C-x c”) ‘kill-emacs)

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