Mail Archives: cygwin-developers/1998/06/03/18:36:03

From: cgf AT cygnus DOT com (Christopher Faylor)
Subject: Re: error when maxing out processes
3 Jun 1998 18:36:03 -0700 :
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To: cygwin32-developers AT cygnus DOT com, newsham AT lava DOT net

>From: newsham AT lava DOT net (Tim Newsham)
>Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 12:40:20 -1000 (HST)
>     I notice an internal cygwin error being displayed when I max
>out the process table.  The error:
>    wait_subproc: wait failed.  nchildren 64, wait -1, err 87

It's a known bug.  Windows only allows waiting for 64 handles.
You've hit the limit.  The correct behavior is not to allow you
to create that 64th process (or maybe it's 63rd), of course.

I'm playing with fork in my spare time, maybe I'll look into closing
this hole.


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