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Re: setup.exe: Woe is me!

how much memory do you have available?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Max Bowsher" <maxb at ukf dot net>
To: <pbewig at swbell dot net>; <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2003 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: setup.exe: Woe is me!

> Phil Bewig wrote:
> > Setup version 2.340.2.5, downloaded earlier today.
> >
> > On one occasion I left it hanging for several hours.  For a while
> > it would still respond to system messages, for instance I could
> > drag the title bar to move the window to a different part of the
> > screen.  Then it stopped doing even that, and the task window
> > sait "not responding."  I was previously aware of the "long
> > minute" thread, having searched the mailing list, but not of the
> > "rush job" thread.
> >
> > Since posting I have made another attempt, getting farther.  I
> > was able to select packages on the chooser screen, and
> > setup.exe began installing sh.exe.  I let it work for over an
> > hour, with no other programs running (other than the normal
> > background processes).  When I came back to my machine,
> > setup.exe responded to an attempt to drag the title bar.  But
> > then I could do nothing else with the machine.  Even trying
> > to load solitaire gave me the message "insufficient memory;
> > try unloading other programs."  So obviously something was
> > going on with setup.exe consuming memory.  There was no
> > disk thrashing.  I waited another fifteen minutes then killed
> > setup.exe.
> >
> > I assume that what setup.exe is doing at this point is
> > extracting sh.exe from the ash-20020731-1.tar.bz2 archive.
> > Is that correct?  How does the extract process work?  What
> > program does the extraction?  Setup.exe?  Or something
> > else?  And why isn't there a setup log somewhere?
> Yes, correct. Setup does the extraction itself - no external programs.
> There's no log, because setup buffers the log entries and only writes them
> to disc when it exits.
> This is a hard problem. I'd be really interested in some of the info you
> could get from gdb - but since setup isn't working, you can't install gdb!
> Ouch.
> Max.
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