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Re: cygwin very slow under virtual box (productivity hit)

On 11/4/2011 4:28 PM, J.V. wrote:
> I have Windows XP Pro x32 in a VM with the latest version of cygwin
> installed.
> When I open a cygwin bash shell, and type '$ls' it just sits there forever.
> Any other command I type is freakishly slow.  How do I get this to run
> faster under a vm environment.
> I am not sure why it is taking so long to do a simple ls or mkdir or any
> other command.
> Even if I $vi a file it takes a while seriously cutting into the
> productivity gains that cygwin on the host environment provides.

I use Cygwin in a (VMware Player) VM with XP all the time and it's not
like you describe at all. I think the main Cygwin developers also use
VMs (at least from time to time), so there's nothing intrinsic to
running in a VM that causes the performance you describe.

I can't say for sure what your problem is, but I'd start by checking
your PATH for any directories on a remote machine (including any "host"
directories provided by your VM software). Or, perhaps simply try

  $ PATH /bin /bin/ls

and see if your problem goes away.

If none of that works, follow the directions here:

> Is there a commercial version of cygwin or the likes that I can lay down
> cash for to go fast under a VM environment?


David Rothenberger  ----

Every cloud engenders not a storm.
                -- William Shakespeare, "Henry VI"

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