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Re: Useful patch for GNUmake on Windows

From: Greg Chicares
Subject: Re: Useful patch for GNUmake on Windows
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 10:42:00 -0400

"Paul D. Smith" wrote:
> %% Earnie Boyd <address@hidden> writes:
>   eb> I'm not sure that the Windows port is any different, however, doesn't
>   eb> gmake itself have a SHELL variable it honors?
> Sure.  What I mean is that make doesn't accept the value of the SHELL
> variable from the invoker's environment.  It must be set inside the
> makefile.

If that's true under windows, then the manual is broken:

  Unlike most variables, the variable SHELL is never set from the environment.
  This is because the SHELL environment variable is used to specify your
  personal choice of shell program for interactive use. It would be very bad
  for personal choices like this to affect the functioning of makefiles. See
  section Variables from the Environment. However, on MS-DOS and MS-Windows
  the value of SHELL in the environment is used, since on those systems most
  users do not set this variable, and therefore it is most likely set
  specifically to be used by make.

But since Earnie's providing a *nix-like system under windows,
perhaps it ought to follow the *nix rules and never set SHELL
from the environment.

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