Re: [code] [textadept] a struggle across 32/64 toolchains

From: Pedro Andres Aranda Gutierrez <>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 20:42:30 +0200

I'm no expert in Lua. However in python you can use spawn which uses
COMSPEC or exec which doesn't... Isn't there anything like this in Lua?

El 8/8/2016 15:48, "Mitchell" <> escribió:

> Hi Gennadiy,
> On Sun, 7 Aug 2016, Gennadiy Poryev wrote:
> [snip]
>> It turned out that since my Windows is 64-bit, the WSL is exclusively
>> 64-bit only. 32-bit version of its native CMD shell does not know anything
>> about WSL, bash, ssh etc. So I can't just write something like this:
>> = 'bash.exe --verbose -c "ssh
>> root.att. \'cd myproject; cargo run\'"'
>> Because bash.exe is exclusively 64-bit, and by MS design it cannot be
>> found from 32-bit cmd.exe.
>> Apparently TextAdept just calls Lua spawn() function for that; I suppose,
>> Lua then just starts what's in COMSPEC environment with "/c" and whatever
>> follows. For Win32 TextAdept on Win64 host this would obviously be 32-bit
>> cmd.exe hence the first problem.
> Yes, Textadept utilizes the COMSPEC environment variable followed by "/c".
> [snip]
>> Having said all that, my questions are:
>> 1. Is it too bold to anticipate Win64 builds of TextAdept? That would
>> solve all the problems instantly. We're in 2016 after all...
> There are two reasons why I do not anticipate 64-bit Windows builds in the
> near future: (1) LuaJIT still does not cross-compile against MinGW64 on
> Linux, which is needed on my build server (2) My build server is 32-bit and
> upgrading to 64-bit is not something I'm comfortable with, as the build
> server also hosts this domain, mailing lists, etc. I don't trust myself to
> not break things :(
> 2. Is it possible to override which and how command interpreter is called
>> in Lua spawn()?
> As I alluded to earlier, if you can change the value of the COMSPEC
> environment variable, you can trick Textadept into using it while keeping
> the actual value in Windows unchanged. First try changing the environment
> variable in Windows and see if that works (I don't know what you'd change
> it to though, as I'm not a Windows developer). If it works, then change it
> back and define a new function in your `~/.textadept/init.lua`:
> local os_getenv = os.getenv
> os.getenv = function(var)
> if var == 'COMSPEC' then
> -- return your custom value
> end
> return os_getenv(var)
> end
> The Lua spawn function internally calls `os.getenv()` to get the value of
> COMSPEC, then appends "/c" followed by the command. There is no way to
> override it otherwise.
> Cheers,
> Mitchell
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