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RE: "which" command does not expand "~" in path

At 09:23 PM 26/09/2004, "Hannu E K Nevalainen" wrote:
FWIW; 'man bash' has a section on Tilde Expansion - I take it as; bash does
this expansion for you, not which.exe -> use $HOME when not typing at the

This is all fine & good, but it doesn't change the fact that the cygwin-supplied "which" does NOT work with the cygwin-supplied ".bash_profile" (when you use a personal ~/bin directory.).
Here is a simple patch which fixes half the problem (the ".bash_profile" placing a raw ~ in the path):

--- /etc/skel/.bash_profile     2004-05-15 21:40:04.000000000 +1000
+++ .bash_profile       2004-09-29 00:21:50.000000000 +1000
@@ -10,16 +10,16 @@

 # Set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
 # if [ -d ~/bin ] ; then
-#   PATH="~/bin:${PATH}"
+#   PATH="${HOME}/bin:${PATH}"
 # fi

 # Set MANPATH so it includes users' private man if it exists
 # if [ -d ~/man ]; then
-#   MANPATH="~/man:${MANPATH}"
+#   MANPATH="${HOME}/man:${MANPATH}"
 # fi

 # Set INFOPATH so it includes users' private info if it exists
 # if [ -d ~/info ]; then
-#   INFOPATH="~/info:${INFOPATH}"
+#   INFOPATH="${HOME}/info:${INFOPATH}"
 # fi

<end patch>

This won't help anyone who expects the cygwin "which" command to be the same as the GNU version regarding the tilde character in paths (OK, so maybe that would be rare), but it will stop people running into it using cygwin's defaults. (I fixed the MAN & INFO paths for consistency).

Regards, Errol

btw, does anyone know why those private paths are commented out by default? (security?)

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