Cygwin slow on x64 systems

Sagi Ben-Akiva
Mon Aug 30 11:23:00 GMT 2010


For the last couple of weeks I'm trying to identify the cause for cygwin 
slowdown on x64 machines which was reported by David Morgan about 6 
months ago.

I wrote a little bash script which prints the result of 'date -s' to a 
file in a loop and then counts the number of times the same second 
appears in that file.
I used this script to test all available cygwin revisions snapshots 
(which I downloaded from for cygwin version 
I was able to identify the exact change which introduce the slowdown.

With my test script for cygwin version 1.5.19-4, snapshot timestamp 
1142005204 I'm able to get ~40 lines/second, but with the same version, 
snapshot timestamp 1142338816 the result is ~18 lines/second.

Using cvsps I was able to generate a patchset which contains all the 
changes between those 2 revisions.
I then applied the changes one by one and built cygwin1.dll for each 
change, then I ran my test script again for each cygwin1.dll version and 
I found that the change to winsup/cygwin/ from '2006/03/12 
23:57:03' introduce this issue.

The log for this change is :

* (dll_crt0_0): Call sigproc_init during init startup.
(_dll_crt0): Don't worry about sync_startup.  Just wait for sigthread here.

This change includes 2 different sub-changes :
1. Moving the call to sigproc_init from dll_crt0_1 function to 
dll_crt0_0 - which doesn't affect performance.

2. a. Moving the call to wait_for_sigthread from dll_crt0_1 to _dll_crt0 
which calls dll_crt0_1.
    b. Deleting the call to WaitForSingleObject,
       i.e. : "Don't worry about sync_startup"

I can confirm that the 2nd sub-change is the cause for the slowdown.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thank you,


Sagi Ben-Akiva - sagi at graphtech dot co dot il
GraphTech Computer Systems

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