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Re: Why call-process removes '{' and '}' chars from arguments???

From: Oleksandr Gavenko
Subject: Re: Why call-process removes '{' and '}' chars from arguments???
Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 23:33:44 +0300
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20091204 Thunderbird/3.0

On 2010-06-03 18:04, Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
On 6/3/2010 3:46 AM, Oleksandr Gavenko wrote:
On 2010.06.03 0:39, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
From: Oleksandr Gavenko<>
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2010 23:40:46 +0300

I use Emacs 23.2 under Windows.

nil (get-buffer "*Messages*") nil
"--bla" "{rev}" "}}}xxx{1}xxx{2}xxx{{{" )

put in Message buffer

"--bla rev }}}xxx1xxx2xxx"

so remove occurrences of "{" and "}". Why???

I cannot reproduce this in Emacs 23.2 on MS-Windows. I get the
expected result:

--bla {rev} }}}xxx{1}xxx{2}xxx{{{

What kind of port of which program is your echo.exe? What happens if
you invoke the same command from the shell?

Futher info: I wrote simple C prog - printarg.c with:

int main(int argc, char **argv)
for (int i = 0; i < argc; i++)
printf("\"%s\"\n", argv[i]);
return 0;

When I compile it with

CC=gcc # resulted executable depend on cygwin1.dll

(call-process "printarg.exe"
nil (get-buffer "*Messages*") nil
"--bla" "{rev}" "}}}xxx{1}xxx{2}xxx{{{" )



When I compile it with

CC=i686-pc-cygwin-gcc-3 -mno-cygwin
# resulted executable *NOT* depend on cygwin1.dll

call-process return


Also interesting that from Cygwin bash argument successful passed to

bash# ldd `which printarg`
ntdll.dll => /cygdrive/c/WINDOWS/system32/ntdll.dll
kernel32.dll => /cygdrive/c/WINDOWS/system32/kernel32.dll
cygwin1.dll => /usr/bin/cygwin1.dll
ADVAPI32.DLL => /cygdrive/c/WINDOWS/system32/ADVAPI32.DLL
RPCRT4.dll => /cygdrive/c/WINDOWS/system32/RPCRT4.dll
Secur32.dll => /cygdrive/c/WINDOWS/system32/Secur32.dll
cyggcc_s-1.dll => /usr/bin/cyggcc_s-1.dll
bash# printarg {}{}{{{{}}}{}}}{{} {rev}

GNU Emacs 23.2 from - release build with mingw.

See <> and try setting
the CYGWIN environment variable to include "noglob".

That is!!!! Much thanks.

I explain that I have.

Cygwin distro have Mercurial package inside.
'cygwin.el' allow incorporate Emacs with Cygwin
without any pain.

But native Windows Emacs can not run scripts
(in Cygwin - these are files without ext with
usual UNIX #!/bin/bla-bla first string).

To be able invoke it from Emacs I wrote .bat wrappers
with same base name for needed scripts like:

  @echo off
  python /bin/hg %*

With CYGWIN env var set to

  "nodosfilewarning noglob"

and wrapper I can use VC mode
for Mersurial/Bazaar repos (without 'nodosfilewarning'
script output can be damaged by Cygwin warning messages).

That work pretty nice if there are no new line
char in passed to .bat file args.

As I debug 'log-edit-done' it can pass such command line
(through 'process-file' in 'vc-do-command') switches for Mercurial:

  (apply 'process-file "hg" nil t nil
           '("commit" "-m" "message\nXXX\nYYY\nZZZ\n"))

%* in .bat file not proper work - it strip all chars after
first new line occurrence.

I think in Windows there are no anything scriptable with
"$*" like in POSIX sh.

So through .bat wrapper I can not commit multiline
message and as list of files for commit goes after
-m "message\n" - it also forget pass list of files for commit.

So if I commit single file - it commit all modified files in repo.

To workaround this I create executable
which linked with Cygwin runtime and as in BusyBox
to 'execvp' passed base name as command and all args without
changes. Cygwin 'execvp' first search for 'prog' then
for 'prog.exe' so trick worked!

So I switch from simple .bat wrapper to
special executable. To enable another Cygwin script 'foo'
for Emacs I just copy existing executable:

  $ cp hg.exe foo.exe

Some further info accessed at

Best regards!

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