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Re: "fork problem" debugging

"Igor Peshansky" wrote:
> I've been plagued by these problems for a while (since you didn't provide
> full links in your message, I don't know whether you cited my message
> among them without a lot of cutting-and-pasting).

I didn't cite your message[1], though it was one of the sources of the 
suggestion to factor out antivirus and firewall software.  Thanks for that. 
Also, I will use full links from now on, since my mail software seems to 
wrap the lines haphazardly no matter how I try to trim them.

> unloading and reloading just Cygwin1.dll (by
> exiting all Cygwin processes) fixes the problem for me (until the next
> time I run that resource-intensive script that reproduces the problem).

This workaround is effective for me, also.

> a patch (attached) that makes it print out more of the seemingly relevant
> information

If I understand the patch correctly, it changes and in 
winsup/cygwin. Those who wish to use it would download the winsup-src 
snapshot package, apply this patch, then compile a new cygwin1.DLL something 
like [2]?

> I can say that I've been running with
> SharedSection=2048,6144,1024 (double my original values), which had no
> noticeable effect on the frequency of the fork errors (i.e., I still get
> them reproducibly).

Thank you for this data point.  Hopefully we can look elsewhere with 
confidence, at least for the most common reason(s).

When I was looking for your message, I found another from Dave Korn[3] in 
which he suggested using -x option to bash to see details of the failure. 
This is also used in what I called "nonsense testcase"[4].  It seems that -x 
would be a useful first pass at gathering data, less volume than strace?


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