Problems with run.exe (silent crashes) - stopped working suddenly

Gulliver Smith
Thu Mar 13 08:34:00 GMT 2014

1) double clicking xterm.exe results in two windows - a command window
plus the xterm - this is unacceptable
2) I have used putty a lot in the past; I simply prefer xterm which I
have been using since the beginning of X-Windows
3) I have used cron for backup in the past and use it on various Linux
VMs for various purposes; with this new(er) computer I wanted to avoid
having another background service running when Windows theoretically
offers a good solution. In any case, it worked for over a year.

On Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM, Andrey Repin <> wrote:
> Greetings, Gulliver Smith!
>> My system is Windows 7 professional 64 bit. The Cygwin is 32 bit,
>> updated monthly
>> I have a backup script that used to run successfully from a Windows
>> shortcut or scheduled task as
>> C:\cygwin\bin\run.exe /usr/bin/bash.exe -l -c
>> "/home/gulliver/bin/backup >> /cygdrive/c/temp/backup.log 2>&1"
>> However, around August 2013 this stopped working (it took me a while to notice)
> run is known to crash at random occasions, since... around that time.
> I don't know if it has been fixed, sorry.
> That aside, I see no reason to use run in your case.
>> If I try in a windows command prompt it also crashed,
>> I get a small run.exe.stackdump file:
>> Stack trace:
>> Frame     Function  Args
>> 00284B28  610303D2 (00000114, 0000EA60, 000000A4, 00284B78)
>> 00284C38  610DA4DD (00000000, 00650000, 00284C78, 0028CE64)
>> The problem is not with the bash command or script - it runs fine from
>> both the command prompt or a shortcut if I change the command to
>> C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe -l -c "/home/gulliver/bin/backup >>
>> /cygdrive/c/temp/backup.log 2>&1"
>> but then there is an empty Windows window open for the whole time.
> Use cron, then there won't be any stray windows.
>> A related issue is an xterm shortcut that used to work:
>> C:\cygwin\bin\run.exe /usr/bin/bash.exe -l -c "xterm.exe -title TTTTT
>> -bg '#EEFFFE' -e ssh -Y xxxx@yyyy&"
> Now, THIS is a VERY wrong way to do it.
> You're
> 1. Starting run
> 2. Telling it to start bash
> 3. Telling bash to start xterm
> 4. In which you're starting an SSH session.
> Why not start xterm directly? Also, ever heard of PuTTY? Or mintty?
>> This used to work as intended. Now it opens an xterm on the local host
>> only - the ssh command fails. Again, removing the "run" and executing
>> "bash" directly works but opens a second window.
>> Does anyone know what might be happening or how to debug this problem?
> Most simple solution would be to use right tools for the job, I'd say.
> --
> WBR,
> Andrey Repin ( 13.03.2014, <00:14>
> Sorry for my terrible english...

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