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Cygwin is VERY slow now

Lately, as I've read in some other messages, Cygwin seems painfully slow. However, I have this observation: "It is slow only on an updated version of Windows XP".

I have Cygwin installed on the Windows 2000 machine I use at work and updated installations have continued to operate at normal speed. My most recent update of Cygwin was today (May 1).

I have virtually identical installations on a Windows XP desktop and an XP laptop. They are also up to date and they are so slow that they are almost unusable. I first noticed the slowdown sometime last week. I DO NOT have the dreaded "//c" notation in my PATH.

I tried disabling the virus checker and saw no improvement.

My conclusion from all of this is that a recent Windows update was the culprit. To check this out, I just uninstalled the latest hotfix "Q8114993" from my laptop. To my considerable surprise, the laptop's version of Cygwin is now back to its original (fast) speed!

Hope this helps someone and it would be nice to figure out a workaround since it's good to keep Windows up to date.

- Jack

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