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Re: Use a default path in exec*p*() if PATH is unset?

Am 10.04.2017 um 22:29 schrieb Christian Franke:
A few years after https://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2014-09/msg00204.html
I found another use case of an unset PATH variable:

The configure script from mandoc (http://mdocml.bsd.lv/) uses this interesting approach to query default CC command from make:

CC=`printf "all:\\n\\t@echo \\\$(CC)\\n" | env -i make -sf -`
Why does it `env -i` at all? (And why does it prepend a \ to the output?)
It seems this scriptlet has an issue, rather than adapting core behaviour for it.

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