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6.1 GCC or some other DJGPP programs hang

Q: When I try to compile anything, GCC just hangs!

Q: Some programs, like Info and Less, hang on my Windows 9X machine after some time, requiring to close the DOS box. Help!!

Q: Bash hangs on Windows 9X after the first DJGPP program I run from it!

A: If you are using GCC 2.8.1, and if only GCC hangs, then chances are that you have set the DJGPP environment variable incorrectly, or didn't set it at all, or messed up your DJGPP.ENV file by editing it. Refer to what to do if GCC hangs, later in this FAQ, for details about possible problems with setting DJGPP. When DJGPP is not set, or points to a non-existent directory, the first release of GCC 2.8.1 would enter an endless loop (the NTDVM process on Windows/NT will go nuts allocating memory, as a result of this).

The latest uploads of the GCC binary (v2gnu/gccNNNb.zip) were modified to prevent them from hanging. They abort with an error message instead of hanging. You should upgrade to the latest binaries of GCC, and also set your DJGPP variable correctly.

Some people fail to read the release notes which come with GCC, and do not install it incorrectly. If you installed GCC recently and it began to hang, now is the time to read those instructions again (they are installed as gnu/gcc-X.YZ/problems.txt).

If interactive programs like Bash, Less, Info, Emacs, and RHIDE are those which hang, and if it only happens on Windows 9X after running another DJGPP program from within those programs, then your Windows 9X installation is afflicted by a subtle bug whereby programs which call function 1680h of the Interrupt 2Fh (to release the rest of their time slice when they are idle) hang after they spawn another DJGPP program. A modified version of the library function __dpmi_yield, which works around that bug in Windows, is available in DJGPP v2.02 and later, and latest uploads of the binaries for the affected programs should be free from this problem. If you cannot find a pre-compiled binary that works, get the sources and rebuild the program with the latest DJGPP release.

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