Shared memory is needed by the MIT-SHM and XFree86-BigFont extensions, which may provide better performance for local applications which use large images or fonts and are written to use those extensions.
In Cygwin, XSI shared memory is provided by the cygserver Windows service. To install cygserver, install it using the setup program and then run the cygserver-config script to install the service.
Note: This note is applicable to Cygwin 1.5 only. Cygwin 1.7 automatically enables shared memory if the cygserver Windows service is running.
Shared memory will only be used if the
CYGWINenvironment variable contains the
For example, starting X with
or setting the
CYGWINenvironment variable in the Windows control panel to contain
serverwill enable shared memory support if the cygserver service is running.