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I've got this error, when running M-x ansi-term C:/Windows/System32/bash.exe RET

Spawning child process: invalid argument

after running M-x debug-on-entry RET start-process RET when running M-x ansi-term I've got this stack trace:

Debugger entered--entering a function:
* start-process("terminal" #<buffer *terminal*> "/bin/sh" "-c" "stty -nl echo rows 20 columns 97 sane 2>/dev/null;if [ $1 = .. ]; then shift; fi; exec \"$@\"" ".." "C:/Windows/System32/bash.exe")
  apply(start-process "terminal" #<buffer *terminal*> "/bin/sh" "-c" "stty -nl echo rows 20 columns 97 sane 2>/dev/null;if [ $1 = .. ]; then shift; fi; exec \"$@\"" ".." "C:/Windows/System32/bash.exe" nil)
  term-exec-1("terminal" #<buffer *terminal*> "C:/Windows/System32/bash.exe" nil)
  term-exec(#<buffer *terminal*> "terminal" "C:/Windows/System32/bash.exe" nil nil)
  make-term("terminal" "C:/Windows/System32/bash.exe")
  term("C:/Windows/System32/bash.exe")
  funcall-interactively(term "C:/Windows/System32/bash.exe")
  call-interactively(term record nil)
  command-execute(term record)
  execute-extended-command(nil "term" nil)
  funcall-interactively(execute-extended-command nil "term" nil)
  call-interactively(execute-extended-command nil nil)
  command-execute(execute-extended-command)

It try to execute /bin/sh on Windows, is this correct? I'm using GNU Emacs 25.3.1 installed from choco.

M-x term was working but after I've try to fix ansi-term it stops, but the issue was that I have ssh-add in my .bashrc and it didn't work. I couldn't enter the pass phrase.

  • have you found a solution for this problem? Facing the same issue. – Artemios Antonio Balbach Dec 4 at 14:24
  • @ArtemiosAntonioBalbach No, I don't use ansi-term on Windows. Also and I'm using WSL with win10 now. I need to try again to run it with WSL. – jcubic Dec 4 at 20:33

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