MAKE_MODE=UNIX? was RE: why must cygwin be first in path?

Steven Schram
Fri Feb 4 10:22:00 GMT 2000

It looks like Earnie gets the award for asking important but obvious
questions that I somehow didn't ask myself.  The magic environment variable
seems to be MAKE_MODE, which needs to be set to UNIX.   This seems pretty
obvious at first, but then I ask: Why should MAKE_MODE be UNIX when my PATH
is in DOS format?


-----Original Message-----
From: Earnie Boyd [ ]
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2000 10:17 AM
To: Steven Schram
Subject: RE: why must cygwin be first in path?

--- Steven Schram <> wrote:
> Basically as a porting layer so I can use GNU software.  Why do you ask?

I was trying to determine if you were using Cygwin for it's intended purpose
(adding a POSIX layer on top of Win32) or if you were just using it for the
User Interface portion.  If you don't need the POSIX layer I was going to
suggest that you look at Mingw and the links at .

> I tested "sh -c make -f" and it does the same thing as before.
> I see the same results when executing from a bash shell started from a cmd
> shell.  If I execute bash from cygnus.bat pointed to by a shortcut, I
> get the delay.

Hmm.  Interesting.  Are the environment variables that are set by the
cygnus.bat file, already existing in your Win32 environment?

> If I really want to chase this down, it looks like I will need to dive
> Make with gdb.

Possibly, but that would lead you to debugging Cygwin as well.


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