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First off why does this only occur with %SystemRoo­t%

Other environment variables can be put in path components and CleanPath will handle them just fine. What it does special with %SystemRoot% is that if you put a directory in your $ENV{PATH} that is a subdirectory of %SystemRoot% without saying "%SystemRoot%", then CleanPath changes it to use %SystemRoot%. So "CleanPath C:\Windows\system32\trojans" will actually put "%SystemRoot%\trojans" into your path.

This feature was mostly added because the big motivation for writing this script was that a coworker had written a script to flush $ENV{PATH} changes into the registry and done a bad job of it, not realizing that $ENV{PATH} doesn't match what gets put in the registry for several reasons (notably user-specific path components and expansion of %SystemRoot%) so I wanted to clean this mess up easily (quite a few system had been corrupted by this before anyone noticed). If you use %SystemRoot%, then those entries in your $ENV{PATH} continue to work even if the drive letter for that partition changes on your when you reboot (and I was working in situations where this wasn't that uncommon of a situation); that's why those entries are done that way.

I wasn't too worried about the bug you pointed out because just running CleanPath twice takes care of it. I didn't include your fix at first because I needed to look over how I was using %GoodPath to convince myself that there were no problems with that fix. I just now incorporated your fix (slightly differently) as I was making some other minor updates. Thanks!

- tye        


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