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Re: New cygwin install hanging on postinstall

Greetings, KARR, DAVID!

>> > I was installing cygwin for the first time on a Win7-32bit box.

> It has 4g RAM.  Checking "Resource Monitor" while the install is running, there is 750MB "available".

How much memory is "available" is not an indication for a 32-bit OS. You
simply can not allocate more than 2GB of RAM to a single process without much
hackery. Which means, certain applications could hit a roadblock just because
of that. Same applies to your 4GB statement: You just can not use it all with
32-bit OS without much hackery on OS level, and that means slowing down entire

You are really, really want 64-bit OS with more than 2GB RAM to see any light
at the end of the tunnel.

On top of that, if you are still struggling with installation, and hints
offered in other messages did not helped to date, the most simple way would be
to eliminate the failed Cygwin install and start anew, this time only install
a base (setup default) set of tools first time, may be accompanying them by
choice things of convenience, like wget and/or procps. But nothing overgrown
like TexLive.

With best regards,
Andrey Repin
Friday, January 22, 2016 10:27:27

Sorry for my terrible english...

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