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

Christopher Faylor cgf@redhat.com
Tue Oct 9 11:17:00 GMT 2001

On Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 01:50:43PM -0400, Earnie Boyd wrote:
>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.

Just the parent process.  It should be ok to set CYGWIN to different values
in different windows.

Stopping all processes *is* a good idea, though, when instructing people who
are unknowledgeable about cygwin.


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