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[1.7] "C:\cygwin\bin\git.exe: *** fatal error - could not load shell32, Win32 error 487"

I have a problem with git, which only seems to occur with the mesa repository (which is very large, which may be something to do with the problem). I am able to work with all the other X.Org repositories without problems.

Here's a short script which demonstrates the problem for me:

git clone git://
# repository is large, this may take some time
cd mesa
git checkout -f -b local 811aa02c7a0f4804189a8978395f07d27fb726ec
touch blah
git add blah
git commit -m "blah"
git checkout -f master

fails with
2 [main] git 3624 C:\cygwin\bin\git.exe: *** fatal error - could not load shell32, Win32 error 487

# to repeat the failure
rm .git/index.lock
git checkout -f master

I had a brief look at the relevant part of the cygwin source but I'm baffled as to how this could be happening. Suggestions on how to debug this and/or confirmations that it can reproduced appreciated.

I've tried this with 1.7.0-61 and with the 2009-09-20 snapshot
(I can't start anything with the 2009-09-24 snapshot, all processes exit with
"The application failed to initialize properl (0xc0000022)")

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