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Re: LilyPond Windows installer entirely erases the PATH environment vari

From: Colin Campbell
Subject: Re: LilyPond Windows installer entirely erases the PATH environment variable
Date: Sat, 07 May 2011 21:56:17 -0600
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On 11-05-07 07:38 PM, Zachary Northrup wrote:
I recently installed LilyPond for Windows and soon after noticed that a ton of
development tools stopped working. I then discovered that LilyPond's Windows
installer had completely erased my PATH environment variable and replaced it
with the LilyPond path. Thankfully for me, Windows keeps environment variables
in the backup system control set in the registry, so I was able to find the old
variable and replace it myself.

I then reinstalled LilyPond to verofy that it was, in fact, LilyPond's
installation that caused the variable corruption, and it was.

This is a *serious* corruption of the user environment. The LilyPond for Windows
installer should be rescinded immediately to prevent further data loss. I also
note that the installer never once asked the user whether they even wanted the
PATH variable modified. As a best practice, it should default to /not/ modifying
the variables, unless the user asks for it.


I'm about to log this as an issue, Zachary, but would you let me know what version of of LilyPond you are installing, as well as what version of Windows, and whether you are running as an administrator or as a regular user, please?

Colin Campbell
Bug Squad

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