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Author tbpassin
Recipients dstufft, eric.araujo, tbpassin
Date 2020-01-08.15:53:12
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On Windows, find_executable() in distutils.spawn may fail to find executables that it ought to.  This is because the PATH environmental variable no longer includes %ProgramFiles% and %ProgramFiles(x86)%.  At least, that is the case on my brand new Windows 10 Computer running Windows 10 Pro.  In the past, I'm fairly sure these directories were always included on the PATH.

Some programs add their install directory to the Windows PATH, but many don't.  For example, on my new computer, Pandoc added itself to the PATH but EditPlus and Notepad++ did not.  So

    >>> find_executable('pandoc')
    'C:\\Program Files\\Pandoc\\pandoc.exe'
    >>> find_executable('editplus')   # no result
    >>> find_executable('notepad++')  # no result

I suggest that in Windows, find_executable() should check for and add the %ProgramFiles% and %ProgramFiles(x86)% directories to the system PATH before executing its search.
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