Sometimes programs add items to the path containing spaces, does this interfere at all with locating binaries that are on the msys path but NOT the windows path?
Also, configure scripts seem to be having some trouble locating items in /usr/local.
to be clear, the /usr/local paths WERE added to my /etc/profile setup files
Some user wrote this wiki article, maybe it will help you. As for GCC not finding /usr/local, you must remember that GCC is a native application and looking for /usr/local to it means that the directory must exist at the root of the device of the current working device. For MinGW you must specify -I /usr/local/include for your compiles and -L /usr/local/lib for your libraries during the link phase. We always suggest installing your optional packages to --prefix=/mingw instead of the usual default of /usr/local because it is easier to use that way.
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I know that in the normal cmd.exe shell that would be the behavior, but what about in msys, thats the question I was concerned aobut
MSYS has no opportunity to modify the internally hard coded path of /usr/local to a relevant path embedded within the native runtime tool chain. MSYS can only modify the paths that are on the command line.
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