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Re: How to query the value of %SystemDrive% in an empty environment?

On 2019-08-06 09:20, Michael Haubenwallner wrote:
> using 'env -i' to create an empty environment, the SYSTEMROOT and WINDIR
> environment variables are preserved (or recreated):
>  $ /usr/bin/env -i /usr/bin/env
>  SYSTEMROOT=C:\Windows
>  WINDIR=C:\Windows
> And with cygpath, there is the -A, -D, -H, -O, -P, -S, -W and even -F flags
> to query the values for various directories.
> Now what I've failed to find is how to query the value for the "SystemDrive"
> environment variable.
> The problem behind is that I'm using "vswhere.exe" to locate some Visual Studio
> environment from within some scripts run via 'env -i', causing vswhere.exe to
> create a directory named "%SystemDrive%" in the current working directory:
> So I better ensure the SystemDrive environment variable is set for vswhere.exe.
> Any ideas?

There is a reg entry:

$ head

but how do you convert that to a device letter?

SYSTEMDRIVE is a dynamic env var created at startup pointing to the boot drive
letter. It is not instantiated anywhere else as far I could find. A number of
low level reg entries use that env var. Only option is to pass it through:

$ /usr/bin/env -i SYSTEMDRIVE="$SYSTEMDRIVE" /usr/bin/env

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

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