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Re: sshd: fork of unprivileged child failed

Robin Walker wrote:
--On 04 June 2006 18:18 -0400 "Larry Hall (Cygwin)" wrote:

Robin Walker wrote:
In the Windows Application Log there are, for each failed connection
attempt, entries of the form:

sshd: PID xxxx: fatal: fork of unprivileged child failed.

Did you try a recent snapshot?

If, by "snapshot", you mean System Restore Point, then the problems began too long ago for a restore point still to exist. I have been searching for solutions for some months already.

No, I mean a recent Cygwin snapshot of the pending 1.5.20 release.  See

Think about things that have changed about the time things stopped working
for you. This includes things both a part of and external to Cygwin.

Most likely, it was a Cygwin update. sshd worked OK during most of 2005, but has not worked since I updated Cygwin early in 2006. I don't use ssh on a daily basis, and it took some time to notice that connections were failing.

Is there any way I can get a previous version of cygwin1.dll to check against?

Use setup.exe.  But backing up may not be very easy if you have other
upgraded apps that depend on new functionality in 1.5.19.

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