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    Hey guys.

    First off i'd just like to say im really new to C. We are just about to start it soon in uni and our lecturer recommended a book for us. I decided to get it and do some reading up before we start. The book i got was "C Programming in easy steps" by Mike Mcgrath.

    I started reading and it said i need to install a compiler on my system. It reccomended MinGW. I downloaded this and ticked the "g++" and "MinGW base tools" like it said. It then told me to add this too my system path. So i went to Control Panel > System > Advanced > Environment Variables. I found the "Path" and added ";c\minGW\bin; like it said. It then said if i go to cmd and type gcc - v I should get information about it, but i dont. It says "gcc is not a recognized as an internal or internal command, operable probram of batch file.

    Im not sure what im doing wrong and i thought you guys would be able to help, thanks.

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    After you added the environment variable, did you restart the cmd application?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bithub View Post
    After you added the environment variable, did you restart the cmd application?
    As in close it down and open it up again, yeah. Would restarting my PC help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyn27 View Post
    I found the "Path" and added ";c\minGW\bin; like it said.
    Are you sure it didn't say ";c:\minGW\bin" instead?

    Also, does the directory c:\minGW\bin actually exist? And is the gcc.exe located in that directory?
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martyn27
    It then said if i go to cmd and type gcc - v I should get information about it, but i dont.
    I don't use Windows very much anymore, but don't you need to use the command "gcc.exe" instead of just "gcc"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bithub View Post
    I don't use Windows very much anymore, but don't you need to use the command "gcc.exe" instead of just "gcc"?
    No, that would suck
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewbuck View Post
    Are you sure it didn't say ";c:\minGW\bin" instead?

    Also, does the directory c:\minGW\bin actually exist? And is the gcc.exe located in that directory?
    Nope is definately just ;c\

    Yup the directory exists

    Yup there is a gcc.exe in there

    Quote Originally Posted by bithub View Post
    I don't use Windows very much anymore, but don't you need to use the command "gcc.exe" instead of just "gcc"?

    Tried Gcc.exe - v same result.

    Should i try changing ;c\ to ;c:\?

    Edit: Tried it it works. Great the book lies to me :< Thanks for your help Brew and Bit
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    If you're going to use MinGW from the command line, I would be using MSYS.

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