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You are correct; the C runtime startup code is responsible for preparing the arguments to main on Windows. Native Windows programs do not use main as their entry point.

Most likely, the mingw startup code expands globs because GNU programs expect the shell invoking them to have already done that. If the MinGW C startup code did not do this, most GNU programs would not support filename globs on Windows.

There should be an option to specify whether or not to expand globs in argv when linking a MinGW program, since most programs need that, but a few do not. If there is no such option currently, that is arguably a bug in MinGW.


In reply to Re^2: [Raku] Asterisk on DOS command line by jcb
in thread [Raku] Asterisk on DOS command line by Athanasius

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