bash issue... i think

Eric Blake
Tue Dec 19 13:53:00 GMT 2006

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According to Heiko on 12/19/2006 3:13 AM:
> Hi
> for a while (a  month or so) my cygwin installation in not acting normally.
> I have some small sh scripts... (unix type files)... but executing them
> results with nothing. Absolutely nothing.
> $ man bash
> Error executing formatting or display command.
> System command (cd "/usr/share/man" && (echo ".pl 1100i"; /usr/bin/cat
> '/usr/sha
> re/man/man1/bash.1'; echo ".\\\""; echo ".pl \n(nlu+10") | /usr/bin/tbl |
> /usr/b
> in/nroff -c -mandoc 2>/dev/null | /usr/bin/less -isrR) exited with status
> 14592.

14592 is 57 * 256, and exit status 57 implies a missing .dll dependency.
Which might also explain why your sh script is failing.  My guess is that
your /bin/sh is out of date.  What do the following say for you?

$ ls -l /bin/{ba,}sh.exe
$ grep -C 5 00bash /var/log/setup.log{,.full}

I am stymied as to why setup.exe is failing to upgrade /bin/sh version 3.0
(which has a missing .dll dependency not satisfied by the current
libreadline6), but it looks like this is becoming reproducible enough that
I need to think of something to do about it.  At this point, I'm almost
leaning towards bumping to libreadline7, then 'fixing' libreadline6 by
back-revving it to the version that /bin/sh 3.0 requires, in order to
avoid that dreaded missing .dll dependency.

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Eric Blake   
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