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Re: tar error

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According to Kyle Johnson on 6/19/2006 8:01 AM:
>  Hi everyone.
> I'm trying to use tar to setup a cron backup job on one of my systems,
> but I'm getting the following errors:
> 1 $ tar -czPf /cygdrive/d/Backups/`date +%m%d%Y`.tgz
> /cygdrive/c/Shares/dist/*.DBF
> 2     147 [main] tar 2344 C:\cygwin\bin\tar.exe: *** fatal error - fork:
> can't reserve memory for stack 0x23EBE0 - 0x240000, Win32 error 487
> 3       7 [main] tar 1372 child_copy: stack write copy failed,
> 0x23EBE0..0x240000, done 0, windows pid 2353940, Win32 error 5
> 4 tar: child process: Cannot fork
> 5 tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

That is not a bug in tar, but cygwin telling you that Windows limitations
made it impossible to fork.  Try a recent cygwin snapshot to see if that
helps your situation.  If not, see if you have any programs running that
might be interfering with cygwin (known culprits include, but are not
limited to, certain antivirus programs, a buggy biometric reader driver;
search the archives for more details.)

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Eric Blake   
volunteer cygwin tar maintainer
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