cygwin configure problem

Steve Holle sholle at
Wed Aug 25 14:21:13 UTC 2004

At 11:27 AM 8/24/2004, Steve Strobel wrote:
>At 06:37 AM 8/19/2004 +0200, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> >[snip]
> >configure: error: invalid variable name: build_alias
> >[snip]
> >Makes me wonder if we might be hitting some "max. processes", "max.
> >files/buffers", "max. stack size" or similar issues on Cygwin/Win.
> >[I am thinking along the lines of processes temporarily not properly
> >deallocating resources - something like "transient zombies"]
>That is my suspicion too, though I haven't been able to identify which 
>limit I am exceeding.  When I was able to build about half the time 
>(getting "build_alias" the other half), I could reboot, open bash in 
>Cygwin, and start the configure/make, then not touch the computer until it 
>finished or failed and get different results each time.
>Adding more memory didn't seem to help.  The number of handles used isn't 
>especially high when it fails.  Sometimes it would succeed with a bunch of 
>other programs running and heavy processor use.

I generally run a number of other programs with my system during a build 
and it seems to have no effect.

>   It reminds me of the stray pointer bugs I have fought on embedded 
> projects, where adding a character to a printf can cause a problem to go 
> away for a while, until the stray pointer hammers something different in 
> a later version.
> > Interestingly, I built a test m68k executable of "main() {}" and
> >> tried to run it with NAV enabled and it was allowed with no
> >> NAV messages.
> >built? Do you mean you invoking the compiler worked?
>Though it seemed that disabling Symantec anti-virus helped at times, I 
>never ran enough builds to get good statistics (once I got one successful 
>build, I always made changes, so it was hard to compare).  Succeeding one 
>time out of two or one time out of four isn't very conclusive.

I've never had to disable Symantec to get my builds to work.

> >Well, this spawns far less processes and involves far less tools than
> >configuring the source tree :-)
>I have never seen the build_alias problem except when building RTEMS 
>itself.  Our application uses the same tools and builds 100% of the 
>time.  It is also fairly large, but not nearly as deeply nested (in the 
>recursive build sense).

Does anyone know what the heck build_alias means?

> >Ralf.
>Steve Strobel
>Link Communications, Inc.
>1035 Cerise Rd
>Billings, MT 59101-7378
>(406) 245-5002 ext 102
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Steve Holle
Link Communications, Inc.
1035 Cerise Rd.
Billings, MT  59101
sholle at  

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