Errors using configure when building packages

Sinkler, Wharton
Fri Oct 14 20:15:00 GMT 2016

I've got a new Cygwin installation on Win7, which has issues with configure, the first step of building packages from source (I've seen this with ImageMagick, libtiff and others so it's not specific to the package I'm installing).  

It seems to sporadically be unable to remove a file 'conftest.exe' which is compiled in the tests within configure.  This shows up during configure as:

rm: cannot remove 'conftest.exe': Device or resource busy

The configure will then fail completely when this causes a critical test to fail.  

I suspect that this might have something to do with slowness to release an in-use file (the conftest.exe) in the Win7 operating system.  I've searched the archives and don't see this exact issue showing up in previous posts.  Have others experienced this problem?  Is there a fix which will allow me to complete building these packages? 


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