LaTeX not finding files in TEXINPUTS

Zdzislaw Meglicki
Fri Sep 16 20:57:00 GMT 2011

I have recently upgraded my Cygwin to the latest (full) installation,
and noticed that my old trustworthy tetex has been replaced with
pdfetex. On running LaTeX I found that it could no longer find input
files pointed to by my TEXINPUTS environment variable, which is normally
set to


There is an ls-R file there. This always worked before. This time I had
to redefine it  to 


to make it find elsarticle.cls.

It looks like the new pdfetex no longer understands "//", which used to
mean "search all subdirectories". Is there a new trick here that I don't
know about?

Zdzislaw (Gustav) Meglicki, Office of the Vice President for
Information Technology, Indiana University, 2709 E. 10th Street,
Bloomington, IN 47408, USA,,
Ph: 812-856-5597 (o), 812-345-3284 (m), Skype: zdzislaw.meglicki

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