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Re: How to handle length limit of PATH environment variable

On 2018-04-05 04:05, Wolf Geldmacher wrote:
> On 05.04.2018 11:19, Peter Bauer wrote:
>> i was bitten by the length limit of the PATH variable of 4095 characters (see
>> [1]) and could not find a way around it. This means i have a lot of software
>> packages in different directories and each of them adds itself to the PATH so
>> one can run the executables and have the shared libs available. Under Windows
>> there is the "short path workaround" but what to do under Cygwin?
>> Creating links with shorter names to the directories is not feasible since
>> there may be different users and different directories per user.
>> Any ideas?

> On Unix (though not on cygwin) I've previously solved such issues by writing a
> script that collects symlinks to the contents of some list of directories in a
> few (system and/or user specific) directories. These few directories then take
> the place of the list.
> The script will need to be re-run whenever there are changes to the directories
> on the list, but that can usually be automated.

Under Cygwin, I ln -rs custom local Cygwin scripts and exes in:
added at the head of the Cygwin PATH,
and to keep them separate from Cygwin components, put custom local Windows user
scripts and exes in:
added after all Cygwin dirs in PATH, before other Windows dirs.
I keep Windows system specific scripts e.g. .cmd, .reg and exes requiring
elevation in:
separate from the unprivileged components.
I add /usr/local/bin/ to the head of the cron PATH, and /home/.../bin/ to the
tail of the cron PATH, so everything used in cron jobs is there; I run
everything in Scheduled tasks from C:\usr\local\bin\ for similar reasons.

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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