The colon or semicolon in texmf.cnf

David Carlisle
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 10:25:43 +0100 (BST)

> But my ask is: Why the binaries for MS Win platforms are not compiled
> in the similar way as in UNIX, it means that colons and semicolons
> are changeable? The existence of semicolons (inspired from DOS) mixed
> with slashs (inspired from UNIX) in texmf.cnf is not so aesthetic.

you need the : in windows as part of the path to specify a drive letter.