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Re: globbing FAQ entry -- up to date?

On Tue, Dec 12, 2000 at 05:13:16PM +0000, David Starks-Browning wrote:
>The FAQ has this entry, but it's marked "not yet updated for the
>latest net release".  I suspect it still applies.  Can I remove the
>A.  How does wildcarding (globbing) work?
>Q.  If an application using CYGWIN.DLL starts up, and can't find the
>    PID environment variable, it assumes that it has been started from
>    the a DOS style command prompt. This is pretty safe, since the
>    rest of the tools (including bash) set PID so that a new process
>    knows what PID it has when it starts up.
>    If the DLL thinks it has come from a DOS style prompt, it runs a
>    `globber' over the arguments provided on the command line. This
>    means that if you type LS *.EXE from DOS, it will do what you
>    might expect.
>    Beware: globbing uses malloc. If your application defines malloc,
>    that will get used. This may do horrible things to you.

It's not quite accurate.  Cygwin no longer uses a "PID" environment
variable.  Instead it uses some other magic to figure out when it has
been run from the "DOS style prompt".

So, removing the first paragraph may be sufficient.


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