echo -n or sleep 0 needed to unblock Bourne shell script

Matthijs Nescio
Fri Feb 26 13:04:00 GMT 2016


I have the strangest problem. I am running some complicated advanced Bourne shell scripting. These scripts work fine under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. However, in Cygwin I have to add some strange commands with no obvious effect; without these the scripts just hang. I can not disclose the scripts completely because they are company property. I realise that this does not comply to the rules of smart questions, but if anybody else has this problem the Cygwinners need to know about it. I do not exactly know when these problems started. I reinstalled Cygwin twice, several weeks ago and yesterday evening.

I have had this problem with several complicated, lengthy scripts. Debugging using echo debug statements is hard because the echo makes the problem go away. When I discovered similar problems in multiple scripts, I reinstalled Cygwin, but the problem persists. Also rebooting my Windows 7 Enterprise edition machine does not solve the problem. I have had some experienced colleagues to look at this and they were as flabbergasted as I was.


  TTP_FILE_DR_KML=`echo $TTP_FILE.dr.kml | sed -s 's#\.txt\.#\.#g'`
  #echo -n> /dev/null
  sleep 0
  if [ "`convert_needed "$TTP_FILE_DR_KML"`" = "convert" ]

In the examples above and below, either the sleep or the echo has to be commented in, otherwise the script just hangs. In the example below the doit function needs the echo or sleep, otherwise it does not return.

  # 8< code removed
  #echo -n
  sleep 0

 order to investigate this problem the Cywinners will need more information. Feel free to ask, but it may not be legal for me to share.

* Was a similar issue ever reported? I have looked, but did not find anything.
* Is there a solution?

Thank you, kind regards, Matthijs.
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