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Resolved: Re: setup stuck on cygwin.ldif


On 12/10/17 06:15, Ken Brown wrote:
On 10/8/2017 9:46 AM, Shaddy Baddah wrote:

I have a weird problem happening... so I have tried to update a 64-bit
Cygwin installation on Windows 10 Pro. I closed all Cygwin processes,
and a ps -ef is showing only the ps process itself.

In anycase, during the install I was prompted that the file
/usr/share/cygwin/cygwin.ldif was busy.

I ran Process Explorer and searched for what might have the file open.
I couldn't find anything. I clicked retry a number of times, but it
wouldn't yield. Finally, I clicked continue. And now I'm stuck in this
endless loop on the file:


The progress bar shows that your disk is almost full.  Could that be the

Thanks for your concern.

I've found the problem. I haven't been vigilant in my
installation/update procedure. And I've paid a high price.

I normally only ever install as a "software user", portapps, that I have
to "runas" to obtain a command prompt to. From that command prompt I run
the setup.exe, and all the files end up owned by portapps, not my normal
desktop user.

I instituted this policy more than a decade ago when I accidentally
corrupted my install, by running a script or something like that, that
deleted some "system files" due to a path issue. My desktop user has no
permissions to modify any installed Cygwin files other than in their
/home directory. The policy could work using a privileged user, but I
also seek to avoid being dependant on using a privileged user on my

Well, I've corrupted my install now by accidentally running an update
last month as the elevated administrator user. A bunch of directories
are now owned by the privileged user, and the portapps user can't
modify the directories.

I'll solve my own mess now. Thanks again.


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