"Cannot Allocate Memory" error when you run a shell script in Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012

Symptoms

Assume that you have a computer that is running Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA). The computer is running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
When you try to run a shell script to create many environment variables, the script fails and you receive an error message that resembles the following:
Cannot Allocate Memory

Note
This issue only occurs when the environment variable block size is over 64 kilobytes (KB).

Cause

This issue occurs because the string length that is specified for the RtlSetEnvironmentVar API is incorrect when the environment variable block size is over 64 KB.

Resolution

This hotfix is also available at Microsoft Update Catalog

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
Additionally, you must have Utilities and Software Development Kit (SDK) for Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications installed.

For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To apply this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
File information

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information
Egenskaper

Artikel-id: 2786401 – senaste granskning 15 maj 2013 – revision: 1

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