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bug#30419: tramp-sh-process-file: effect of tramp-remote-process-environ

From: Noam Postavsky
Subject: bug#30419: tramp-sh-process-file: effect of tramp-remote-process-environment vs non-top level value of process-environment
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:28:09 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.0.90 (gnu/linux)

tags 30419 + patch

Michael Albinus <address@hidden> writes:

> `tramp-remote-process-environment' is still in play. The let-bound
> environment variables from `process-environment' are taken additionally,
> and afterwards. So they would have precedence.
> See bug#18940. The major reasoning is, that other packages do not want
> to preload Tramp in order to set `tramp-remote-process-environment',
> even if Tramp isn't used ever.

Thanks, I propose the following patch to the manual to clarify this:

>From 9cafeec6027947e28e3f54ffc7f975a4845227de Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Noam Postavsky <address@hidden>
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:20:29 -0500
Subject: [PATCH v1] Clarify TRAMP process-environment interaction (Bug#30419)

* doc/misc/tramp.texi (Remote processes): Index the
tramp-remote-process-environment description.  Clarify the effects of
let-binding process-environment and the motivation for that behavior.
 doc/misc/tramp.texi | 19 ++++++++++++-------
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/misc/tramp.texi b/doc/misc/tramp.texi
index 25ae8ae3e8..4723547419 100644
--- a/doc/misc/tramp.texi
+++ b/doc/misc/tramp.texi
@@ -2596,6 +2596,7 @@ Remote processes
 @end group
 @end lisp
address@hidden tramp-remote-process-environment
 Customize user option @option{tramp-remote-process-environment} to
 suit the remote program's environment for the remote host.
 @option{tramp-remote-process-environment} is a list of strings
@@ -2641,11 +2642,13 @@ Remote processes
 @end group
 @end lisp
address@hidden does not use the defaults specified in
address@hidden for running @code{process-file} or
address@hidden on remote hosts.  When values from
address@hidden are needed for remote processes, then set
-them as follows:
+In addition to @option{tramp-remote-process-environment}, you can set
+environment variables for invidivual remote process calls by
+let-binding @code{process-environment}.  @value{tramp} will apply any
+entries which are not present in the global default value of
address@hidden (overriding
address@hidden settings, if they conflict).
+For example:
@@ -2654,8 +2657,10 @@ Remote processes
 @end group
 @end lisp
-This works only for environment variables not already set in the
+Let-binding in this way works regardless of whether the process to be
+called is local or remote, since @value{tramp} would add just the
address@hidden setting and local processes would take whole value of
address@hidden along with the new value of @code{HGPLAIN}.
 For integrating other Emacs packages so @value{tramp} can execute
 remotely, please file a bug report.  @xref{Bug Reports}.

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