Hi Austin,

Thanks for all that - but I think you missed the point. I need to set up the env path of the machine permanantly. Say we wanted to bring in a new build machine or the old one died/I spilled coffee on it... :s The point being that I want the environment variables on the machine, not in the shortcut/script/kernal I'm running. I have done something similar before using NSIS which worked great as lots of programs had to also be installed and programs placed in folders etc.

And by thinking in ant - I'm new to ruby and with Ant I know there's pretty much nothing I can't do - it's mostly all been tasked before so I merely sent a few parameter through and what I want happens magically!

I'm sure it'll be even easier with Ruby but I'm still finding my feet. ( :

Thanks a lot for the input everyone, it's greatly appreciated! Especially such great information in such massive quantities and so quickly!!!

Regards

Gemma Cameron
Senior Software Engineer
Eurofighter ESS (SHM)

tel: 01772 858492


-----Original Message-----
From: Austin Ziegler [mailto:halostatue / gmail.com]
Sent: 15 August 2006 14:01
To: ruby-talk ML
Subject: Re: Setting Windows Environment Variables


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On 8/15/06, Lyndon Samson <lyndon.samson / gmail.com> wrote:
> You might be in luck.

Not really. You can't change the environment of an already running
process that isn't yourself. Even if one were to go into the System
control panel and change the environment variables, any shortcut
launchers (as I often use) will themselves need to be relaunched to
take advantage of the updated environment variables. Certainly, there
must be a way to refresh the internal environment variable table based
on the current registry settings, but that would be based on a global
signal.

I'm not sure what the OP's post about thinking in "ant" is, because
Ant would be similarly limited. This is not a Ruby limitation; it is
one of the few limitations that is essentially cross-platform and
found on every platform in existence to the best of my knowledge. The
only reason that shell script functions and DOS/Winodws batch files
can affect the current level's environment variables is that they are
not in a separate process and are therefore just modifying the current
process's environment variables.

-austin
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