[dev] environment variables versus runtime configuration (rc) files versus X resources

From: Greg Reagle <greg.reagle_AT_umbc.edu>
Date: Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:32:25 -0500

I just had a thought that might be of interest to fans of the suckless

It occurred to me that environment variables can be used to configure a
program, instead of programming in a parser or extension language into a
program. Are there any reasons not to just use environment variables?
Then a rc file could just be a shell script that sets environment
variables. Do you know of any programs that do this? I assume there
are disadvantages, but what?

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