Is this supposed to work this way?

Eric Blake
Wed Apr 4 00:57:00 GMT 2012

On 04/03/2012 06:47 PM, Andrey Repin wrote:
> Greetings, Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) [E]!
>> Is there a reason that something like the following wouldn't work?
>> if [ -f /bin/cygwin1.dll ]
> Hm. Turned out, this is more reliable check, than
> test "$OSTYPE" = "cygwin" && ...
> But, oh, so much for consistency...
> Question to Cygwin staff: shouldn't $OSTYPE be declared for Cygwin programs,
> even if they are not started from Cygwin shell? Is this at all possible?

No, not possible - $OSTYPE is not standardized, so there's no point in
expecting cygwin to provide it (of course, you can export it in your
~/.bashrc).  Furthermore, even if cygwin exported it, the moment your
cygwin process starts a non-cygwin process, that process would also see
the same setting.

Eric Blake    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library

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