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Re: setenv


From: Thomas F. Burdick
Subject: Re: setenv
Date: 01 Oct 2001 14:29:45 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.0.105

address@hidden (Thomas F. Burdick) writes:

> I really should have separated my proposal into two parts:
> 
>   (4.a) Make getenv and setenv work on process-environment, as the
>         currently do, but have them (or even just setenv) make sure
>         that both environments are in sync.
> 
>   (4.b) Optional: given that the Emacs maintainers are human, and may
>         miss some cases where the C environment should be synchronized
>         with the contents of process-environment, and that many users
>         cannot update their Emacs installation at will, expose to
>         Elisp a mechanism for forcing this synchronization.  This
>         would give the users the ability to fix some otherwise
>         impossible-to-fix bugs.  These bugs would still be bugs, just
>         not as hopeless as they would otherwise be.

So the only response to this meesage was questioning why I'd mind
having a week-old Emacs session crash, not a response to this
proposal.  I still think it's highly misleading that `setenv' doesn't
set the requested environmental variable in the C environment, as its
C namesake does.



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