sshd: fork of unprivileged child failed

Larry Hall (Cygwin)
Mon Jun 5 12:31:00 GMT 2006

Robin Walker wrote:
> --On 04 June 2006 18:18 -0400 "Larry Hall (Cygwin)" wrote:
>> Robin Walker wrote:
>>> In the Windows Application Log there are, for each failed connection
>>> attempt, entries of the form:
>>> sshd: PID xxxx: fatal: fork of unprivileged child failed.
>> Did you try a recent snapshot?
> If, by "snapshot", you mean System Restore Point, then the problems 
> began too long ago for a restore point still to exist.  I have been 
> searching for solutions for some months already.

No, I mean a recent Cygwin snapshot of the pending 1.5.20 release.  See

>> Think about things that have changed about the time things stopped 
>> working
>> for you.  This includes things both a part of and external to Cygwin.
> Most likely, it was a Cygwin update.  sshd worked OK during most of 
> 2005, but has not worked since I updated Cygwin early in 2006.  I don't 
> use ssh on a daily basis, and it took some time to notice that 
> connections were failing.
> Is there any way I can get a previous version of cygwin1.dll to check 
> against?

Use setup.exe.  But backing up may not be very easy if you have other
upgraded apps that depend on new functionality in 1.5.19.

Larry Hall                    
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