Re: [dev] [PATCH] Check for presence of SHELL environment variable

From: Eric Pruitt <>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:51:20 -0800

On Mon, Nov 03, 2014 at 11:33:17AM +0100, wrote:
> I would like to listen the opinion of other suckless developers about
> this point. What do you think guys?

It's been nearly two weeks since I originally submitted this, and I
don't think anyone else cares. I'm going to repeat myself here, but
practically every application checks for environment variables before
passwd. There's no good reason that st shoudln't, too. The only
exceptions to that that I've ever run into are st and a Windows Java
application that was ported to Linux.

I did a quick survey of a number of other terminal emulators: tmux,
xterm, GNU screen, rxvt and dvtm all check the SHELL environment
variable. Checking SHELL is expected behaviour, and it's a useful one at

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