path dependent on drive in cygwin

Corinna Vinschen
Wed Jul 1 12:15:00 GMT 2015

On Jun 30 18:27, John Norris wrote:
> Hi,
> I am running cygwin 1.7.x on Windows 2008. I realise this may be out of date
> but this is what we are using.
> I have noticed that the path variable for our build user is dependent on
> where "cmd /C" is run from.
> Please see below - I have cut back the PATH so that it does not overwhelm.
> Notice the extra C; before the non cygwin entries. And when run from e
> drive, the C; remains but the c: becomes e:. And this is the problem - the
> path when run from c is messy but works. The path when run from e (which is
> where we do run from) does not work.
> Can anyone explain this. I guess one way round this is to explicitly call
> the necessary programs without relying on PATH. But interested why this
> happens.
> Regards,
> John
> $ /c/windows/system32/cmd
> Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
> Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
> C:\>notepad
> notepad
What is "C"?

> C:\>path
> path
> PATH=C:\Cygwin\usr\local\bin;C:\Cygwin\bin;C;C:\Program Files
> (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE;C;C:\Program Files
> (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\Tools;C;

Without having tested it, these erroneous entries probably confuse
Cygwin's Win32->POSIX path conversion.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Maintainer                 cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat
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