pkg_add fails with "fatal error during execution: getcwd"

Bill lists+freebsd-current at
Sat Mar 8 15:56:53 PST 2008

Gavin Atkinson wrote:
> Hi all,
> For the last couple of months, I've seen the following issue on my
> -CURRENT laptop:
> rho# pkg_add -r libgtkhtml fast-user-switch-applet deskbar-applet
> Fetching
> libgtkhtml.tbz... Done.
> Fetching
> fast-user-switch-applet.tbz...pkg_add: fatal error during execution: getcwd
> rho#
> I've determined that the failing getcwd is the one on line 126 of
> src/usr.sbin/pkg_install/lib/pen.c.  I've never seen it fail when trying
> to install a single package at a time, only multiple.
> Running the pkg_add command again immediately will usually work, or fail
> later on a different package.  This started after an upgrade from early
> April to late September HEAD, but due to various other changes, I was
> unable to revert to the April kernel to test.
> I cannot recreate this on any other machine.  My laptop is a Core 2 Duo,
> however I can recreate the issue with a non-SMP kernel.  I've forced an
> fsck of all filesystems, with no difference.  There's plenty of disk
> space left.  I've even deleted all packages and cleared out /usr/local
> but still see the problem?
> Any suggestions?  Can anyone else recreate this?  As I first saw this
> just before RELENG-7 was branched, I'm concerned that it may also affect
> that branch.
> Gavin
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I am seeing the same problem on 7.0-RELEASE, I also noticed that it only 
seems to be on pkg_add's with multiple packages selected.  As "up-enter" 
gets me past the problem, it's not critical, but I thought I report I 
saw it too.  Mine machine is a dual-core AMD X2, and I'm using ZFS (so I 
don't think fsck will help). 

This machine is a fresh install.  Just wanted to point out that whatever 
the problem is, it made it in the 7.0 release.


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