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Windows/DOS PATH statement again

From: Phil Holmes
Subject: Windows/DOS PATH statement again
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:02:47 +0100

I normally install each new version of Lilypond as it's released. I never uninstall the old version, since I use it for testing. As a result, my PATH statement gets an increasing number of entries similar to: C:\Program Files (x86)\LilyPondV2.14.0\usr\bin;C:\Program Files (x86)\LilyPondV2.15.2\usr\bin.

This has two effects: running Lilypond from the command line (which I never actually do) runs the oldest version, since it's first on the PATH statement; and eventually the PATH entry becomes too long and most of it is lost, stopping me running many DOS commands.

Question is: is this a bug in the install process? It doesn't particularly worry me now, because I know about it and prune my PATH statement every now and then. I presume (though I've not checked) that uninstalling lily also nukes the extra PATH entry. But it seems to me that a new install _should_ over-write the PATH statement of a previous install. Anyone else think so?

Phil Holmes
Bug Squad

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