bash "pregnant pauses" revisited (B19 on NT 4.0)

Arndt Schoenewald
Sat Aug 15 15:21:00 GMT 1998

On Fri, Aug 14, 1998 at 06:55:37PM +0200, Matthias Morche wrote:

> Please, give us a dump of Your PATH as seen by the bash from within
> cygnus.bat. I've got similar problems before I tweaked my PATH.
> Obviously cygwin tried to interpret some element of the path as a
> hostname.

Well, this is what I checked first (I have read all the messages from July
regarding delays caused by name lookups for DOS-style path names).

Anyway, this is what I get in a newly opened CMD.EXE window:

    Microsoft(R) Windows NT(TM)
    (C) Copyright 1985-1996 Microsoft Corp.

    D:\>echo %PATH%

And this is from a fresh bash window launched via cygnus.bat:

    Cygnus Cygwin32 B19
    bash-2.01$ echo $PATH

But even if I had a stale network drive in PATH, this wouldn't explain
why the prompt is often delayed when I just hit <RETURN> on an empty
line -- why should the shell search the PATH when there's no command
to execute and the prompt is a constant string?!

Still wondering,

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