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Re: For the FAQ: NT PATH problems
- To: cygwin at sourceware dot cygnus dot com
- Subject: Re: For the FAQ: NT PATH problems
- From: "Kai Henningsen" <kai at cats dot ms>
- Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 12:30:02 +0200
- CC: Corinna Vinschen <corinna at vinschen dot de>, cygwin at sourceware dot cygnus dot com
- Organization: Spuentrup CTI
- References: <E11X0pl-0006N5email@example.com>; from Kai Henningsen on Fri, Oct 01, 1999 at 01:26:40PM +0200
Well, I've had it happen again. Details below.
On 1 Oct 99, at 8:09, Chris Faylor wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 01, 1999 at 01:26:40PM +0200, Kai Henningsen wrote:
> >On 1 Oct 99, at 11:43, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >> Kai Henningsen wrote:
> >> >
> >> > Q: I'm on NT, and bash can't find any commands unless I give the
> >> > whole pathname. CYGWIN.BAT sets the PATH, but bash doesn't
> >> > see this - it magically disappears again.
> >> >
> >> > A: Under Settings/Control Panel/System/Environment, there are
> >> > system and user variables. You need to have both a "Path" entry in
> >> > the upper window, and a "PATH" entry in the lower window. The
> >> > latter is probably missing.
> >> >
> >> > Just type PATH into the Variable field, leave Value blank, and click
> >> > on Set.
> >> >
> >> > (Don't ask me why Microsoft decided to do it this way.)
> >> I dont know, why you think so, but that is neither a general
> >> problem, nor a solution.
> >It is an exact description of what happened to me, and how I solved
> >it. Nothing else worked; this worked immediately.
> >Of course, now that I try to reproduce it, I can't.
> >(At one time, I had two or three versions of the cygwin directory in
> >the PATH in a DOS window, and after calling CYGWIN.BAT, bash
> >showed none of them in the PATH.)
> >>NT concat's both PATHs to generate the
> >> path for the current user. They also doesn't disappear if
> >> they are correct. One problem seems to be the existence of a
> >> trailing semicolon but I don't remember the exact effect. Maybe,
> >> another reader can explain it?
> >Maybe it's something that got broken installing SP5, and got
> >repaired once the Control Panel poked around. I certainly don't
> In that case, this will not be going into the FAQ. Sorry.
This is my CYGNUS.BAT:
This is the 'Path' system environment var definition:
The first (and second) Cygwin window opened today had the
Then I added an empty user environment var PATH, and lo and
behold, the next Cygwin window opened had:
So: absence of this variable does not always produce the bug, but
*if* the bug shows up, creating said variable removes it.
Regards - Kai Henningsen
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