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Re: Strange Cygwin issue

Igor Pechtchanski <> writes:

> Dave,
> Have you tried compiling a small DOS program with bcc and seeing what it
> would interpret its parameters as?  It might be helpful if it printed one
> argument per line, or somehow indicated where the break in the arguments
> happens.

I did precisely that (unless a DOS program is different from a Win32
command-line program, in which case I don't know how to do it).  I

    >> shell seems to be a fine way to experiment with it.  the weird thing
    >> is, I built a little windows app win MSVC to print out all of
    >> its argv, and if I invoke it like this:
    >>       args "c:\foo-bar\baz"
    >> from either windows or cygwin, I see the same thing:
    >>      c:\foo-bar\baz

> Also, IIRC from my DOS hacking days, assembly programs received the whole
> parameter string at once, and had to parse it themselves, so it's possible
> that you have found a bug in TLIB's argument parsing routine.

Oh, that seems very likely... except that I'm sending it the same
string from Cygwin and NT AFAICT.

Dave Abrahams
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