Cygwin fresh install imports Windows PATH which includes spaces causing errors

Andrew DeFaria
Wed Jul 25 03:41:00 GMT 2012

On 07/24/2012 07:24 PM, Aaron Schneider wrote:
> On 25/07/2012 3:59, Andrew DeFaria wrote:
>> Maybe when in Cygwin, /bin and /usr/bin should be put in your PATH ahead
>> of the Windows stuff. I know I've run with C:\Cygwin\bin in the front of
>> my Windows System Environment PATH variable for years without issue
>> (though I think some around here might say it's not a good idea).
> >
> They are already in front, but if the command is not there it just 
> searches for the next up to the last, and if no match even so, says 
> command not found.
Which is why I said eariler: IMHO it's always better to go with a Cygwin 
way of doing things instead of installing some Unix/Linux thing through 
some Windows port like this Symbian\tools thing...

Of course you have to actively know what you want to use and what you 
have. I assume, since you typed the command make in your initial posting 
on the problem you would have known that you wanted to execute make and 
that you would have thought "Gee I'd like to execute Cygwin's make" and 
perhaps would have checked with a "which make" or a "type make" and, 
upon finding you don't have Cygwin's make, the initial question would 
have been "Where's make" (or you would have went to and searched for make.exe and just solved 
your own problem without questioning) not "Cygwin fresh install imports 
Windows PATH...".
Andrew DeFaria <>
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