Ignore the CYGWIN environment variable if child of a cygwin process?

Earnie Boyd earnie_boyd@yahoo.com
Tue Oct 9 10:50:00 GMT 2001

Christopher Faylor wrote:
> I keep seeing people who have set the CYGWIN environment variable from the bash
> shell.  This causes strange problems.
> I wonder if it would be worthwhile to ignore the CYGWIN environment variable
> if it is set in a process that is a child of a cygwin process.
> The downside is that there are probably some situations where it
> actually works ok to do this and that we'll end up screwing up people
> who know what they're doing.
> We could just issue a warning but I hate for cygwin to be noisy in these kinds
> of situations.
> Any thoughts?

Hmm...  Is it just the parent process or the first process (i.e.: dll
initialization) you want to target?  I've always suggested stopping all
processes when wanting to change the CYGWIN variable.


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