Side-by-side configuration is incorrect reported as permission denied

Larry Hall (Cygwin)
Sat Aug 11 10:35:00 GMT 2012

On 8/10/2012 7:31 PM, Andrew DeFaria wrote:
> I use Cygwin a lot. And I kick off Windows processes a lot. Recently I've
> been having a problem with my system but from Cygwin all I see is
> "permission denied":
>     Ltsdo-adefaria:cd /cygdrive/c/Program\ Files/IBM/RationalSDLC/Clearquest
>     Ltsdo-adefaria:ls -l clearquest.exe
>     -rwxr-xr-x+ 1 Administrators clearusers 245760 Jun  2  2011
>     clearquest.exe*
>     Ltsdo-adefaria:clearquest
>     bash: ./clearquest: Permission denied
>     Ltsdo-adefaria:
> However if I use cmd the real error message comes out:
>     Ltsdo-adefaria:cmd /c clearquest
>     The application has failed to start because its side-by-side
>     configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or
>     use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail.
> I know that this "side-by-side configuration is incorrect" is a
> configuration error on my machine and I need to fix it, but shouldn't
> Cygwin's exec(2) report the "side-by-side" error instead of the more
> erroneous "Permission denied" error?

Cygwin doesn't report Windows error codes.  It reports POSIX ones.  I
have no idea why there would be a POSIX error code for side-by-side
errors but if there were, then reporting that is more appropriate.



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