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Re: side effects after installing gcc-

"Dave Korn" wrote:

Windows will do because that's outside my control. (And I don't think it
would make sense to avoid using Linux features in Cygwin just so that stuff
will work from DOS!)

I agree 99.99 % with you. :-). the 0.01 is about would you please not totally forget
that cygwin is running on a Win32 platform. (no offense here, no joke, no disrecpect, ...)

Technicaly it's not DOS, but the WinXP command prompt window. This windows
behave like a DOS console but this is not a DOS application. This a win32 application
using a rather feature limited subset of the winapi. (sorry if you already know this).

Wouldn't a good solution be for your windows path to have an extra directory
in it ahead of Cygwin's /bin directory, where you could put a windows shortcut
to gcc-3.exe and call it "gcc"? That should work; by having this directory at
the front of your PATH in DOS (but not in Cygwin) you could easily add
overrides for the names of any Cygwin applications/symlinks that you wanted.

Yes, it is a good idea. I already have a set of batch files that fix the PATH an other
environments variables depending with what compiler i am working with.
setcygwin.cmd for Cywin
setmingw.cmd for MingW

This works quite well. Each new instance of the cmd.exe can have its own set
of variables.

Yes, or it could just be a version difference. I use win2k on my main system.

I use WinXP Pro, SP2.

Something very strange is happening! GCC doesn't read any input from stdin
in any of those cases, so it's surprising that it behaves differently.


It might be easier than you think to change them all in one go:
find . -name '*.bat' | xargs sed -i -e 's/gcc.exe/gcc-3.exe/g'

Thanks for the tip.

OK, hang on a moment, I know it might sound silly of me to ask but now I
have to check: you aren't doing something unusual like running cmd.exe in a
rxvt window are you? Or do you by any chance have CYGWIN=tty set in your

No. No.

environment variables? I wonder if it's really "waiting for an enter", or if
it's actually waiting for a full command line, and just the prompt hasn't been
flushed to the screen yet. What happens if you type "dir <enter>" or some
other command instead of just pressing enter on its own?

Now you got it. After doing some other test that's what i found. Effectively if you type a command there, that command is executed. So this is cmd.exe waiting for input (but the prompt has not been displayed or has been erased)

In your earlier examples, where I said "Cygwin doesn't read stdin anyway",
that's still the case. But there is one difference that might be the reason
here: when you run "gcc file.c", gcc launches a number of subprocesses -
preprocessor, compiler, assembler, linker. With the other two commands, it
runs and exits without launching any other executables; I wonder if somehow
that means that in one case all the output gets flushed and you see the prompt
and know it's finished, in the other case the prompt gets lost in a buffer
somewhere and you don't see it. Maybe launching subprocesses causes all the
buffers to be flushed through in the first case.

I dont know and i dont know how to test that.
I made some other tests. I created the shortcut from the explorer.
May be cygwin was creating the shortcut in a way that caused that behaviour, or may
be it was because cygwin does not use \r (just \n).
Same results.

I also tried to create a shortcut to mingw gcc.exe (which emits \r\n). Same results.
And i tried with a small program who does only write to stderr, and
compiled it with VisualC++ v6.0 : Same results.

Conclusion: this is related to the way cmd.exe process and run the target
of the shortcut. Shortcuts are normally ran from the explorer. I guess
bash is a little more intelligent.

I would advise you consider my suggestion of having a
renaming-and-overriding directory full of windows shortcuts at the head of
your PATH. There are quite a lot of things in /bin that exist primarily as
symlinks to the real application, gcc is just one among many.

That would be perfect, because with all the good settings, the change would
be completly transparent. If cmd.exe was not the culprit. As illustrated.

Hey, I just tried that out to see if it works, and it does, but it also
allows me to see the "waits for enter" problem occurring! It's definitely
just the DOS prompt getting lost somehow; any command that you type before
pressing enter does get executed when you do. Ah, look, it's not that the
prompt is getting lost: it's just that GCC's output comes out after the prompt
for some reason. See the example below:

Is that how it's happening for you?

Yes!. Exactly. I tried many variants to launch the shortcut. Each time, the results are the same.

Thanks for taking the time to verify this.  If i find a solution
i will report it here.

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