Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Cygwin + Logitech Quick Cam = Very Bad

So, my trusty cygwin setup on my laptop totally started acting up. All of a sudden, X-windows wouldn't start up, and emacs started giving me an error message like:

apply: Doing vfork: resource temporarily unavailable

What was really annoying was that X-windows wouldn't even give me a meaningful error message.

I finally got a message about "child_copy: linked dll data write copy failed" and typed that into Google. Sure enough, someone else was having this error, and suggested a fix.

The problem? Cygwin and the Logitech Quick Cam software don't play nice together. Simply remove the Quick Cam software from the system tray/startup, and everything goes back to working.

Gosh I love Google.

Update: after applying the above fix, things got better (X started!). But I was still getting random issues. So I ran rebaseall, and that appeared to help too.

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