Christopher Faylor cgf-use-the-mailinglist-please@cygwin.com
Thu Aug 23 05:54:00 GMT 2012

On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 10:55:08PM +0200, David Sastre Medina wrote:
>On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 01:13:37PM -0700, Daniel Colascione wrote:
>> On 8/22/12 12:10 PM, David Sastre Medina wrote:
>> > On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 10:16:28AM +0000, Achim Gratz wrote:
>> >> I'm removing the Windows PATH in my startup scripts since there's nothing in
>> >> there that I think should be accessible from Cygwin.
>> > 
>> > All three changes will be available in the next release (profile_d
>> > modification taken from your last version in this thread).
>> Are you sure that's actually a good idea? I don't agree with this logic:
>> People execute Windows programs using Cygwin all the time. With this
>> change, basic things like "cmd" and "notepad" will fail to work.
>> Working with Windows programs is the *point* of Cygwin. I really don't
>> think this change should go into the default startup scripts.
>I for one never start windows programs from within a shell, with the
>exception of firefox, and for that I registered an entry in the
>alternatives system (x-www-browser), however, I take your advice and
>I'll give this a second thought, and also would like to hear from
>others' opnion wrt to this.
>Obviously, ORIGINAL_PATH (as proposed in Achim's patch) would
>still hold the native Windows' PATH, so it'd be very easy to include a
>(commented?) line using it, so it would be easy to switch it:

I'll just reiterate what Daniel said again: We can't make things like
cmd or notepad stop working.  That would be a disaster.

I wasn't really following the discussion, and don't really want to check
stuff out in git to see what's going on, but if the proposed change just
makes it possible for purists to remove the Windows PATH from the Cygwin
one however that's great.  Otherwise, removing the Windows path entirely
really won't please very many people.


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