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Re: Useful patch for GNUmake on Windows

From: Earnie Boyd
Subject: Re: Useful patch for GNUmake on Windows
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 11:06:07 -0400

Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Sep 2002, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> > > the DJGPP port does not
> > > automatically honor SHELL set in the Makefile, and it does import SHELL
> > > from the parent environment.
> >
> > I'll have to think about that.  What kinds of issues were caused by
> > this?
> Mainly, two considerations:
>   - Unlike on Unix, SHELL is normally not set on DOS/Windows systems.  So
>     if someone does set them, it's a good sign that she actually wants
>     that shell to be used everywhere, not only in interactive sessions.
>   - Many Unix-born Makefile's say "SHELL = /bin/sh" (in particular, this
>     is required by GNU coding standards), but most DOS/Windows machines
>     don't have a /bin directory on every disk, and many don't even have a
>     Unix-compliant sh.exe installed anywhere.
> The first consideration suggests that SHELL's value from the environment,
> if set, should be used, the second consideration suggests that if the
> shell named by a Makefile cannot be found on the system, either in the
> named /bin directory or along PATH, SHELL's setting should be ignored and
> the default one, taken from COMSPEC, should be used instead.
> More about this can be found in the file README.DOS in the Make
> distribution.

Thanks, Eli, I do think that for the native Win32 version that yes, this
should be accomplished as well.  For POSIX emulation variants, of course
it doesn't but WINDOWS32 shouldn't be set for those.


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