[dev] Environment variables

From: Christoph Lohmann <20h_AT_r-36.net>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 13:09:44 +0100

Greetings comrades.

Some of you might be more experienced in the old Unix ways and
might know how in the good old days all the environment variables
were standardized. What I am up to: There are these new stylish
ways of running applications based on their file extensions or
mime types, which is annoying and leads to many symlinks. Instead
some environment variables do exist. But maybe history has evolved
some other substandards than I know?

        $PAGER → pager (used by man)
        $EDITOR → editor

                → proxies and exceptions (used by chromium)
Variables my environment has:
        $BROWSER → web browser
        $XTERM → X terminal emulator
        $MEDIAPLAYER → used for playing any media file
        $DOWNLOADER → (wget)
        $DOWNLOADDIR → where to download files to

I know of the LSB `getconf -a`, but this only yields rather
commercially intended configurations.

What do the suckless people use in their environment?


Christoph Lohmann
Received on Sun Feb 12 2012 - 13:09:44 CET

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