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FW: setenv doesn't expand variable names in values

From: Marshall, Simon
Subject: FW: setenv doesn't expand variable names in values
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2001 09:36:39 -0000

Hi folks, I'm forwarding this in case it isn't in a TODO list


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Sent: 04 September 2001 16:51
To: Marshall, Simon
Cc: 'Emacs Pretest Bug'
Subject: Re: setenv doesn't expand variable names in values

"Marshall, Simon" <address@hidden> writes:

> I tried to use M-x setenv to prepend a directory to $PATH with
> like:
> M-x setenv RET PATH RET /some/path:$PATH RET
> only to find that it didn't do what I expected---M-x setenv didn't
> expand the $PATH in the variable value.
> This seems like a misfeature to me---I can't think of a reason why it
> would be useful to not expand variables in values.  If I were to use
> or tcsh setenv it would expand it.
> So, I suggest that variables in values are expanded.
> I also suggest that setenv return its value arg.  At the moment it
> returns various different types of things depending on what happens.

I think that's a good feature, for 21.2.  For now, I've just fixed a
bug in setenv which advertized to add something to the mini-buffer
history which it didn't.

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