64-bit emacs crashes a lot

Ken Brown kbrown@cornell.edu
Fri Aug 2 11:04:00 GMT 2013

On 8/2/2013 4:02 AM, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Aug  1 22:46, Ryan Johnson wrote:
>> On 26/07/2013 11:32 PM, Ryan Johnson wrote:
>>> On 26/07/2013 10:50 PM, Ken Brown wrote:
>>>> On 7/26/2013 8:32 PM, Ryan Johnson wrote:
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>> Running 64-bit cygwin 1.7.22(0.268/5/3), with emacs-nox 24.3-4 inside
>>>>> mintty 1.2-beta1-1, I keep getting seg faults and "Fatal error
>>>>> 6: Aborted"
>>>>> It happens at strange times, invariably during I/O of some kind (either
>>>>> keyboard input or output from some compilation window); I don't get the
>>>>> impression it's fork-related. I don't know how to get a backtrace from
>>>>> emacs, given the way any exception or signal always loses the
>>>>> "userland"
>>>>> stack (suggestions welcome).
>>>>> Anyone else seeing this?
>>>> This doesn't really answer your question since I don't use
>>>> emacs-nox, but I've been running 64-bit emacs-X11 and finding it
>>>> very stable.  I typically keep it running for several days at a
>>>> time.
>>>> You say you don't know how to get a backtrace from emacs.  I
>>>> assume you've installed emacs-debuginfo and run emacs under gdb.
>>>> Are you saying you can never get a backtrace after it crashes?
>>> I do have the emacs-debuginfo. I meant that the stack dump didn't
>>> have any emacs frames in it (they were all cygwin1.dll), and my
>>> experience with cygwin/gdb is that once you've taken a signal or
>>> exception you lose the cygwin stack and just see a bunch of
>>> threads mucking around in various low-level Windows dlls.
>>> I have tried attaching gdb to emacs and setting a breakpoint on
>>> abort(), but it didn't catch anything yet. I'm also hampered by
>>> gdb constantly getting confused, breaking partway into emacs, and
>>> having to detach/reattach it. I've started a new thread for that
>>> issue.
>> Here's a new one... I started a compilation, but before it actually
>> invoked the command it started pegging the CPU. After ^G^G^G, it
>> crashed with the following:
>>> Auto-save? (y or n) y
>>>       0 [main] emacs 5076 C:\cygwin64\bin\emacs-nox.exe: *** fatal
>>> error - Internal error: TP_NUM_W_BUFS too small 2268032 >= 10.
> That looks like a memory overwrite.  2268032 is 0x229b80, which looks
> suspiciously like a stack address.  And the overwritten value is on the
> stack, too, well within the cygwin TLS area.  If *this* value gets
> overwritten, the TLS is probbaly totally hosed at this point.  There's
> just no way to infer the culprit from this limited info.

Could this be BLODA?  Ryan, I noticed that you wrote in a different 
thread, "I recently migrated to 64-bit cygwin...and so far have not had 
to disable Windows Defender; the latter was a recurring source of 
trouble for my previous 32-bit cygwin install on Win7/64."


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