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When I try to vim /etc/profile or vim /etc/motd it stops. When I try to touch those files it stops.

Any ideas? Nothing in the ssh logs that seems to be pertinent.

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There was a similar message on the Cygwin mailing list on July 31, 2012. The solution quoted there is:

I've just applied a patch to fix this problem. It seems this is a long standing bug which could result in random stack corruption after changing or adding any file to /etc. I'm just generating a developer snapshot. Please test the today's snapshot from http://cygwin.com/snapshots/ Just replacing /bin/cygwin1.dll with the snapshot DLL is sufficient.

So how about trying out this advice?

And seeing that you are quite active in SO, you may be interested in what seems to be the actual fix to your problem.

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I tried it and it worked thanks –  Roman A. Taycher Nov 2 '12 at 7:42

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