1 [main] bash 17336 find_fast_cwd: WARNING: Couldn't compute FAST_CWD pointer. Please report this problem to the public mailing list cygwin@cygwin.com

Eliot Moss moss@cs.umass.edu
Sat Apr 2 10:38:33 GMT 2022

On 4/2/2022 3:37 AM, Backwoods BC wrote:
>> https://cygwin.com/faq.html#faq.using.fixing-find_fast_cwd-warnings
> I've only been on this list a few months, but I've seen these
> "find_fast_cwd" questions about twice a month so far.
> Might I suggest that replacing the
> "Please report this problem to the public mailing list cygwin@cygwin.com"
> message in 'bash' with something like:
> "Please visit https://cygwin.com/faq.html#faq.using.fixing-find_fast_cwd-warnings
> for help with this issue"
> This removes the need for an autoresponder and is more helpful at the
> same time. Users might be reluctant to join the mailing list just to
> report this and therefore they may waste their time needlessly trying
> to track down the problem.

The message is baked into ancient versions of Cygwin.
I believe the page the auto-responder points them to
indicates the fact that their version is old and should
be updated.  This often happens because someone bundled
Cygwin with something else and is not updating the
Cygwin version.

Modern versions no longer generate the message.

In sum, the auto-responder is the best thing we can do
about it.  At least we don't have to have a human respond.

Best wishes - Eliot Moss

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