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RE: CDE Hangs on login with Xfree


Sorry to pop in 'out of the blue', but I am a USER (read NOT A DEVELOPER) of
Cygwin/Xfree and I have the same problems with 3 different Solaris boxes and
7 different W2k machines.

I have the same setup on each of 7 different W2k machines:
	Latest Cygwin binaries, latest Xfree 4.1.0 release,
	statrup script on a network share containing:
		XWin -screen 0 1024x768x256 -query $TARGET_SERVER -fp

My 3 Solaris boxes are set up in the following manner (all with the latest
'Sun Recommended Patch' packages applied:
	1 - Solaris 8 (Intel)
	1 - Solaris 8 (Sparc - Netra T 1125)
	1 - Solaris 7 (Sparc - Netra T 1125)

Like Oliver, I can log in to OpenWindows without a hitch, but as soon as you
select CDE as your environment, as soon as the desktop finishes rendering,
XFree locks up forcing the "three finger salute" (to bring up task manager)
so you can kill it.

I, too, have searched every machine for multiple .DLL's and none have been
located on any of the 7 W2k workstations.

Hope this helps in some way.


Randal Cobb
Applications Architect
Daugherty Systems, Inc.
(770) 475-7218

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Oliver S
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2001 3:36 AM
To: Harold Hunt
Subject: RE: CDE Hangs on login with Xfree

Thanks for trying it out with Solaris on Intel:

The command line I use at startup is as follows:
XWin -screen 0 1600 1200 -fp tcp/dolphin:1234 -query dolphin

What am I running?:
I am using the latest Cygwin binaries as installed over the internet on a
clean install.
I am using the last Xfree release 4.1.0 having followed the installation
instructions to the letter.
I have checked for multiple cygwin DLL's and to my horror I found one
installed with Iona's Orbix product. I removed this file but the problems
I have cleanly installed on about 5 different NT boxes and they all suffer
the same problems.
I can logon with any account using OpenWindows with no problems at all.

Further findings:
I have now found another interesting thing: I can now logon with CDE with
my user account and everything works OK (apart from the periodic crashes -
could have been the old cygwin dll) but if I logon with any other user
accounts XWin terminates just as the login is completing.

What next?:
You are quite correct that the Solaris installation would appear to be the
chief suspect (SPARC version, not Intel) although Exceed isn't having any
problems. It is a pretty standard install but there are obviously lots of
variables. I will find time to compile a debug version and run it through
GDB to try and get you some useful information.


"Harold Hunt" <> on 09/08/2001 17:07:05

To:   Oliver S Dungey/FSG/CSC@CSC, "cygx" <>
Subject:  RE: CDE Hangs on login with Xfree


Well, I downloaded Solaris 8.0 for Intel and installed it on one of my
computers.  I created a new user and logged in via XDMCP.  So far,
everything has worked fine; Cygwin/XFree86 did not hang on login.  The User
Registration program worked fine and did not cause any crashes or hangs.  I
have clicked the Options menu in dtterm with no adverse effect.

> I don't really know who's bugs these are but they should not
> really cause a
> crash in Xfree, maybe some warnings but not a full on crash.

The answer to that question is simple: they are your bugs.  You are the
one that has encountered them, so you own them.  I don't know that these
bugs, rather, there is likely something else going on with your systems.
For example, you might have more than one copy of cygwin1.dll on your
system, you may have mixed and matched the Cygwin/XFree86 binaries, or you
may have a really strange Solaris configuration.  In any case, we can't
you until you figure out what is going on.

Good luck,


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