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Re: [avr-gcc-list] New WinAVR release

From: David Brown
Subject: Re: [avr-gcc-list] New WinAVR release
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 09:12:38 +0100

> Hi,
> Good to know the new WinAVR relase might be out next week. Thanks Eric !
> Just to summarise a couple o'gaffs from the last version (so they dont
> repeat).
> But I'm sure this stuff is corrected in the new version.
> 1. Even after unselecting PN during installation, the shortcut for PN
> still appeared in the start menu (trivial).
> 2. In a Win98-SE installation, paths were not added to the environment
> automatically (more serious).
> Thanks & Regards,
> --Royce.

Many people (such as myself) do not want paths added to the environment - an
installer should never make changes to the environment without asking and
having the option of skipping that step.  I use something like ten different
compilers on a regular basis, not including alternate versions of the same
compiler, and I really don't want them cluttering up my path.  Even for
those that use no compilers other than WinAVR, it is frequently important to
have several versions on hand and to be easily able to change versions (if
you are using these tools professionally, you do *not* want to change
compiler versions in the middle of a project without very good reason).
Personally, I almost always have the compiler's path in my makefiles -
occassionally, I'll set the path specifically, as it often needs care in the
order of directories (to deal with joys such as mixing mingw and cygwin
makes, and general cygwin1.dll hell).

I can see how setting the path at install time can be convenient for some
people, but it should never be more than an option - IMHO, of course.



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