Prefork Error 161

Christopher Faylor cgf-use-the-mailinglist-please@cygwin.com
Sat Feb 16 18:48:00 GMT 2013


On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 02:08:46PM -0800, Ian Pellew wrote:
>After having Cywin on my systems for many years with no problems and in more recent years with Xampp, I now have a problem.
>
>
>I think my Cygwin setup is hitting some limit within the Cygwin dll.
>
>Problem when starting an up to date cygwin session on XP:-
><<-EOF
>? 1 [main] bash 5372 C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe: *** fatal error - prefork: couldn't create pipe process trackerWin32 error 161
>? 1 [main] bash 5760 C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe: *** fatal error - prefork: couldn't create pipe process trackerWin32 error 161
>? 1 [main] bash 4428 C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe: *** fatal error - prefork: couldn't create pipe process trackerWin32 error 161
>This is /etc/profile
>This is ~/.bash_profile
>Xp man ls
>????? 3 [main] sh 3952 C:\cygwin\bin\sh.exe: *** fatal error - prefork: couldn't create pipe process trackerWin32 error 161
>(END)
>EOF

You've got some BLODA on your system, quite possibly a virus.

http://cygwin.com/acronyms/#BLODA

error 161 is "bad pathname" and that's not an error that you
should ever get in the situation of creating a pipe.

cgf

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