When you have string like this "`non-msys_command with
params` $VAR", you will get a smiley face (ASCII 1) in
front of $VAR. Here's a minimal test case (run it in
Windows console, the smiley is not visible in rxvt):
echo "`gcc --version` $SOMETHING"
This is the output I get:
gcc.exe (GCC) 3.3.1 (mingw special 20030804-1)
Copyright (C) 2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying
conditions. There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.