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RE: sub processes and PATH

From: Kevin Seguin
Subject: RE: sub processes and PATH
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2003 09:32:46 -0600

> > I've noticed that when make runs sub processes, it searches for the 
> > file to exec using the "windows" search algorithm as defined by the 
> > OpenFile win32 api (see 
> > 
> > o/
> > base/openfile.asp), rather than just looking through the directory
> > elements in the PATH environment variable.  this seems strange to me
> > (maybe because I think in *nix terms, I dunno...).
> > 
> Hmm...  You think it strange that a program follow the rules 
> set forth 
> by the OS Kernel or Runtime?  You're the one that's strange. ;)


> > I noticed this when I was trying to use a win32 version of 
> find (from 
> > findutils).  because there is also find.exe in 
> WINNT/system32, even if 
> > the findutils version of find was in my path before the 
> windows find, 
> > the windows find would always be used.
> > 
> > anyway, this is pretty easy to fix (or change, depending on your 
> > perspective, I suppose).  I'm just wondering if anybody else finds 
> > this to be a problem...
> > 
> Perhaps you should take a look a 
> to get 
> yourself a *nix environment?

if it was easier to get tools (i.e. xargs) I require to run correctly in
this environment, I'd be using it.

> > I've attached a quick and dirty patch for posterity :)
> > 
> And I think it should just remain that and nothing more.  If 
> I, a native 
> win32 user, uses a tool that is win32 compatible I expect it 
> to play by 
> win32 rules.

fine by me.

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