executing commands is VERY slow (redux?)

Paul S R Chisholm dtjta3402@sneakemail.com
Tue Feb 22 14:46:00 GMT 2005

I've been using Cygwin on a particular laptop for months, with
great success. Then, suddenly, one day, it took thirty seconds
for me to get a login prompt. I soon discovered that Cygwin was
suddenly taking at least a second to run any command:

local$ time /bin/echo

real    0m1.333s
user    0m0.030s
sys     0m0.030s

local$ time date
Sun Feb 20 23:28:37 EST 2005

real    0m1.976s
user    0m0.020s
sys     0m0.050s

The problem occurred overnight. I didn't change anything
relevant (though I can understand your skepticism). The problem
comes and goes; it happens most of the time.

This appears to be similar to a report discussed on this list
beginning 2002 July 25. I don't see a resolution in that thread.
The thread suggests running strace. When I do, one or two
obvious things jump out, depending on how I run strace and how I
search the results; see below.

I don't have network shares in my PATH. I see this problem even
immediately after running setup.exe to get the latest versions
of the Cygwin software. Below (after the strace output), you'll
find a bunch of information on what I'm running. (I've changed
my user ID to "nobody" to avoid it falling into the hands of

Any thoughts?

local$ strace /bin/echo | awk '$1 > 500'  # only show "slow" calls
Program name: D:\cygwin\bin\echo.exe (2868)
App version:  1005.12, api: 0.116
DLL version:  1005.12, api: 0.116
DLL build:    2004-11-10 08:34
OS version:   Windows NT-5.0
Heap size:    402653184
Date/Time:    2005-02-20 23:31:44
 2256    2995 [main] echo 2868 environ_init: 0x10010250: ALLUSERSPROFILE=D:\Documents and Settings\All Users
  569    4748 [main] echo 2868 environ_init: 0x10010390: COUNTRY=US
 1343   14651 [main] echo 2868 environ_init: 0x10010868: PRINTER=\\CEPS\ppy02-2-8k1
 1417   23755 [main] echo 2868 pwdgrp::load: /etc/passwd curr_lines 6
656853  680608 [main] echo 2868 pwdgrp::load: /etc/passwd load succeeded
 1203  683549 [main] echo 2868 pwdgrp::load: /etc/group curr_lines 11
 1064  685447 [sig] echo 2868 wait_sig: myself->dwProcessId 2868
 1310  685788 [main] echo 2868 __cygwin_lock_unlock: threadcount 1.  not unlocking
654157 1343919 [unknown (0xC68)] echo 2868 _cygtls::remove: wait 0xFFFFFFFF
 2117 1354881 [main] echo 2868 _pinfo::exit: Calling ExitProcess 0

local$ strace /bin/echo >/tmp/strace.out  # run awk separately
local$ awk '$1 > 500' </tmp/strace.out 
Program name: D:\cygwin\bin\echo.exe (2924)
App version:  1005.12, api: 0.116
DLL version:  1005.12, api: 0.116
DLL build:    2004-11-10 08:34
OS version:   Windows NT-5.0
Heap size:    402653184
Date/Time:    2005-02-20 23:32:41
 2265    3425 [main] echo 2924 environ_init: 0x10010250: ALLUSERSPROFILE=D:\Documents and Settings\All Users
 1354   24305 [main] echo 2924 pwdgrp::load: /etc/passwd curr_lines 6
 1277   27249 [main] echo 2924 pwdgrp::load: /etc/group curr_lines 11
 1428   31471 [main] echo 2924 handle_to_fn: current match '\Device\HarddiskVolume2'
644752  680354 [unknown (0xC7C)] echo 2924 _cygtls::remove: wait 0xFFFFFFFF
 1883  691681 [main] echo 2924 _pinfo::exit: Calling ExitProcess 0

local$ cygcheck -s | less

Cygwin Configuration Diagnostics
Current System Time: Sun Feb 20 23:36:16 2005

Windows 2000 Professional Ver 5.0 Build 2195 Service Pack 4

Path:   D:\Documents and Settings\nobody\bin

Output from D:\cygwin\bin\id.exe (nontsec)
UID: 1002(nobody) GID: 513(None)

Output from D:\cygwin\bin\id.exe (ntsec)
UID: 1002(nobody) GID: 513(None)
0(root)             544(Administrators) 545(Users)          10545(mkgroup_l_d)

HOME = `D:\Documents and Settings\nobody'
MAKE_MODE = `unix'
PWD = `/home/nobody'
USER = `nobody'

c:  hd  NTFS     12292Mb  35% CP CS UN PA FC     SYSTEM
d:  hd  NTFS     25861Mb   8% CP CS UN PA FC     DATA
z:  cd             N/A    N/A                    

Warning: Mount entries should not have a trailing (back)slash

D:\cygwin\                 /          user    textmode
D:\Documents and Settings  /home      user    textmode
D:\cygwin\/bin             /usr/bin   user    textmode
D:\cygwin\/lib             /usr/lib   user    textmode
.                          /cygdrive  user    textmode,cygdrive

   55k 2004/09/14 D:\cygwin\bin\cygbz2-1.dll
   18k 2004/07/06 D:\cygwin\bin\cygcharset-1.dll
    7k 2003/10/19 D:\cygwin\bin\cygcrypt-0.dll
  846k 2004/12/11 D:\cygwin\bin\cygcrypto-0.9.7.dll
   40k 2004/10/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cygform-8.dll
   45k 2001/04/25 D:\cygwin\bin\cygform5.dll
   35k 2002/01/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygform6.dll
   48k 2003/08/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygform7.dll
   28k 2003/07/20 D:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm-3.dll
   30k 2003/08/11 D:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm-4.dll
   19k 2003/03/22 D:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm.dll
   15k 2003/07/20 D:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm_compat-3.dll
   15k 2003/08/11 D:\cygwin\bin\cyggdbm_compat-4.dll
  107k 2004/07/06 D:\cygwin\bin\cyggettextlib-0-14-1.dll
   17k 2004/07/06 D:\cygwin\bin\cyggettextpo-0.dll
  190k 2004/07/06 D:\cygwin\bin\cyggettextsrc-0-14-1.dll
   17k 2001/06/28 D:\cygwin\bin\cyghistory4.dll
   29k 2003/08/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cyghistory5.dll
   25k 2004/10/12 D:\cygwin\bin\cyghistory6.dll
  991k 2004/07/06 D:\cygwin\bin\cygiconv-2.dll
   22k 2001/12/13 D:\cygwin\bin\cygintl-1.dll
   37k 2003/08/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cygintl-2.dll
   54k 2004/07/06 D:\cygwin\bin\cygintl-3.dll
   21k 2001/06/20 D:\cygwin\bin\cygintl.dll
   22k 2004/10/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cygmenu-8.dll
   26k 2001/04/25 D:\cygwin\bin\cygmenu5.dll
   20k 2002/01/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygmenu6.dll
   29k 2003/08/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygmenu7.dll
   21k 2004/10/22 D:\cygwin\bin\cygminires.dll
   74k 2004/10/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses++-8.dll
  156k 2001/04/25 D:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses++5.dll
  175k 2002/01/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses++6.dll
  216k 2004/10/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses-8.dll
  226k 2001/04/25 D:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses5.dll
  202k 2002/01/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses6.dll
  224k 2003/08/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygncurses7.dll
   13k 2004/10/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cygpanel-8.dll
   15k 2001/04/25 D:\cygwin\bin\cygpanel5.dll
   12k 2002/01/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygpanel6.dll
   19k 2003/08/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygpanel7.dll
   62k 2003/12/11 D:\cygwin\bin\cygpcre-0.dll
   63k 2003/04/11 D:\cygwin\bin\cygpcre.dll
    9k 2003/12/11 D:\cygwin\bin\cygpcreposix-0.dll
   61k 2003/04/11 D:\cygwin\bin\cygpcreposix.dll
   22k 2002/06/09 D:\cygwin\bin\cygpopt-0.dll
  108k 2001/06/28 D:\cygwin\bin\cygreadline4.dll
  148k 2003/08/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cygreadline5.dll
  144k 2004/10/12 D:\cygwin\bin\cygreadline6.dll
  171k 2004/12/11 D:\cygwin\bin\cygssl-0.9.7.dll
   62k 2004/10/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cygz.dll
 1114k 2004/11/10 D:\cygwin\bin\cygwin1.dll
    Cygwin DLL version info:
        DLL version: 1.5.12
        DLL epoch: 19
        DLL bad signal mask: 19005
        DLL old termios: 5
        DLL malloc env: 28
        API major: 0
        API minor: 116
        Shared data: 4
        DLL identifier: cygwin1
        Mount registry: 2
        Cygnus registry name: Cygnus Solutions
        Cygwin registry name: Cygwin
        Program options name: Program Options
        Cygwin mount registry name: mounts v2
        Cygdrive flags: cygdrive flags
        Cygdrive prefix: cygdrive prefix
        Cygdrive default prefix: 
        Build date: Wed Nov 10 08:34:47 EST 2004
        Shared id: cygwin1S4

local$ mount
D:\Documents and Settings on /home type user (textmode)
D:\cygwin\bin on /usr/bin type user (textmode)
D:\cygwin\lib on /usr/lib type user (textmode)
D:\cygwin on / type user (textmode)
c: on /cygdrive/c type user (textmode,noumount)
d: on /cygdrive/d type user (textmode,noumount)

local$ pwd

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