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Re: PATH vs. Path ([Fwd: Returned mail: see transcript for details]

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: PATH vs. Path ([Fwd: Returned mail: see transcript for details]
Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 07:00:34 +0200

> Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 20:54:38 -0500 (EST)
> From: "Earnie Boyd" <address@hidden>
> For correction and clarification both Cygwin and MSYS (MinGW's bash) do
> convert Path to PATH else nothing would work correctly without the
> headaches of dealing with Path vs PATH in every ported tool.

I suggested to upcase Path in a previous message.  I gather you agree
with that suggestion, yes?

> This thread however, should only discuss make without the use of our UNIX
> emulation friends.

I disagree.  If many programs that are habitually invoked by Makefiles
have similar problems with environment variables, we should try to
work around those problems.  A Unix shell is a very important case,
since many GNU Makefiles won't run if Bash is not the shell invoked by

> So, based on my discovery with MSYS and therefore Cygwin, I'm in favor of
> John Calcote's patch to uppercase all environment variable names for the
> Windows build.

Why do we have to upcase anything besides Path?  I'm not sure MSYS and
Cygwin's lead is a reason good enough to do the same in the MinGW
build.  The kind of sweeping change you suggest could have unintended
consequences, so it seems to ne that upcasing only Path will solve the
immediate problem at hand without risking too much.

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