"Failed to write cache" during install

Jon TURNEY jon.turney@dronecode.org.uk
Mon Sep 27 15:03:00 GMT 2010

On 24/09/2010 01:50, Richard Gitschlag wrote:
> I recently set up Cygwin and XWin on my XP system, but need help with error messages that occured during post-install scripts.
> My setup log file shows:
>> 2010/08/26 10:17:04 running: F:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/font-adobe-dpi75.sh
>> 2010/08/26 10:17:18 abnormal exit: exit code=1
>> 2010/08/26 10:17:18 running: F:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/font-alias.sh
>> 2010/08/26 10:17:44 abnormal exit: exit code=1
>> 2010/08/26 10:17:44 running: F:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/font-misc-misc.sh
>> 2010/08/26 10:17:52 abnormal exit: exit code=1
>> 2010/08/26 10:17:52 running: F:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/fontconfig.sh
>> 2010/08/26 10:18:18 abnormal exit: exit code=8
> Checking the verbose log shows a common theme of "failed to write cache", e.g:
> 2010/08/26 10:17:04 running: F:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/font-adobe-dpi75.sh
> /usr/share/fonts/75dpi: failed to write cache
> My local cygwin directory resides on a FAT32 drive, if that is related.  Made copies of my setup logs and can supply further information if needed.

The command which is failing is 'fc-cache -f', and the cache files in question 
live in /var/cache/fontconfig.

You might try running 'strace fc-cache -f' from a shell to see if that sheds 
any light on why these cache files apparently can't be written.

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