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Re: PATH with spaces

On 30/01/2011 12:56, Tim Prince wrote:
> On 1/30/2011 6:34 AM, Sunoki wrote:
>> $ make
>> cygwin warning:
>>    MS-DOS style path detected: /usr/local/bin/C:\Program
>>    Preferred POSIX equivalent is: /usr/local/bin/C:/Program
>>    CYGWIN environment variable option "nodosfilewarning" turns off this
>> warning.
>>    Consult the user's guide for more details about POSIX paths:
>> Can't find C:\Program on PATH.

> Yes, the warning comes about in part due to the use of an unquoted path
> with spaces.

  Not directly it doesn't.  My PATH has spaces in it and everything works just
fine.  The shell knows to only separate $PATH at colons.

  That "Can't find" error message doesn't look like anything make itself would
output to me, and how did /usr/local/bin get concatenated to C:\Program
anyway?  (Note that it doesn't have a trailing slash in the path, so something
has done this deliberately.)

  I think the problem is likely to be that the makefile itself is doing some
kind of string processing on the PATH, or perhaps that it is being passed on a
commandline somewhere unquoted and ending up looking like multiple words to
the receiving program.

  Sunoki, if that isn't enough of a clue to work out what's going wrong,
there's a really useful version of make with a source-level debugger built in
called 'remake' that you can get from
(Last time I checked, it was a straightforward "configure && make && make
install" to build out-of-the-box, so it should be easy to try out if you want.)


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