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Re: Installation problems - post install scripts all give "abnormal exit: exit code=128"

On 4/29/2010 11:22 PM, Crow, Frank wrote:

I recently installed the latest version of the full Cygwin. I noticed that many things were not working, so I looked at the /var/log/setup.log file. In that log file, I discovered that all of the package post install scripts failed during installation. All, except two, give the "abnormal exit: exit code=128" error, such as:

2010/04/25 22:58:53 running: C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/ 2010/04/25 22:59:26 abnormal exit: exit code=128 2010/04/25 22:59:26 running: C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/ 2010/04/25 22:59:53 abnormal exit: exit code=128 2010/04/25 22:59:53 running: C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/ 2010/04/25 23:00:19 abnormal exit: exit code=128 2010/04/25 23:00:19 running: C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/ 2010/04/25 23:00:47 abnormal exit: exit code=128 2010/04/25 23:00:47 running: C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --norc --noprofile /etc/postinstall/ 2010/04/25 23:01:14 abnormal exit: exit code=128

I did some internet searches and have found a couple other people reporting this problem. Unfortunately, in every case, there has never been a resolution or fix posted in reply.

I tried a bit of hacking: I went into the /etc/postinstall directory and ran
all of the post install scripts manually.   While this did have some amount
of success, it still did not result in a fully functional Cygwin
installation.   As the scripts ran, many errors were reported.   Too many to
list here.   But at least now I have the Cygwin and Cygwin-X start menus,
which I did not have before.

So my questions are:

1. Does anyone know what "exit code=128" or "exit code=129" mean?   Or where
to find out what those errors mean?
2. Does anyone know why all of the post install scripts fail in this manner
for some installations such as mine?   Or how to better troubleshoot or fix
the problem(s)?

Any information is highly appreciated.

Generally, this kind of failure stems from a few common problems:

  1. The existence of another (often old) cygwin1.dll.  Find it.  Remove it.
  2.  Remove BLODA.
  3. Possibly fork failures.  Install the rebase package and run
     rebaseall after reading the README in /usr/share/doc/Cygwin.

Also, make sure you're using the latest 'setup.exe' as found at
Beware of proxies along your path that could be caching an old version.
You want version 2.697.

Problem reports:

If it's none of the above, please provide cygcheck output as requested by the link above.

Larry Hall                    
RFK Partners, Inc.                      (508) 893-9779 - RFK Office
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