[Geany-devel] Missing environment variables for builds and executes

Lex Trotman elextr at xxxxx
Thu Nov 25 07:43:27 UTC 2010

On 25 November 2010 16:09, Chow Loong Jin <hyperair at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thursday 25,November,2010 03:06 AM, Enrico Tröger wrote:
>> On Wed, 24 Nov 2010 10:15:00 +0800, Chow wrote:
>>> On Wednesday 17,November,2010 10:40 AM, Lex Trotman wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> When Geany is started from the Gnome menu it doesn't get environment
>>>> variables set in .profile, .bashrc etc.  Other window managers seem
>>>> ok.
>>>> This means that builds don't see CFLAGS, python executes don't see
>>>> PYTHONPATH etc :-(
>>>> Although builds and executes run in shells, a non-interactive shell
>>>> does not load any startup files.
>>>> The attached patch adds the option (-l) to run the build and execute
>>>> shells as login shells which will load startup files.
>>>> Two hidden prefs build_in_login_shell and exec_in_login_shell allow
>>>> you to disable this for builds or executes respectively if running
>>>> your startup scripts causes some problem.
>>> Hi,
>>> I actually believe that on some distros .bashrc/.profile is sourced by
>>> default on gdm, and on others, .xprofile is used for this purpose. I
>>> don't think a login shell or interactive shell should be used for this
>>> purpose though.
>> I agree completely.
>> If Ubuntu messed up with their system, it's their problem. Why should
>> we fix Ubuntu's or Gnome's mistakes in Geany?
>> In other, less harsh words, I think an applicaton should not fix the
>> problems in the outer environment.
>> Lex, above you said yourself, other window managers (I assume other
>> than metacity or compiz), work ok. So, that's a pretty good argument to
>> *not* fix it in Geany.
>> And yes, I noticed you already solved the problem for your system :).
> This isn't a window manager problem, it's a session manager problem. Also,
> sourcing .bash_login/.profile on GUI login is retarded behaviour,

Maybe, but how then are environment variables supposed to be set?
Remember in this case they are for non-GUI applications invoked from
the GUI.


> when you have something like screen autolaunch + auto-logout after screen
> detaches going on inside that. I had a hard time trying to figure out why my
> session on my university lab's Fedora machines wouldn't log into any graphical
> session due to this.
> --
> Kind regards,
> Loong Jin
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