[neomutt-users] export config variable to environment variable?

Ulli Horlacher framstag at rus.uni-stuttgart.de
Fri Jun 30 09:37:54 CEST 2023

On Wed 2023-06-28 (14:33), Ulli Horlacher wrote:
> (How) is it possible to export a config variable (eg my_color) as an
> environment variable?
> I call external programs via within neomutt, mostly my editor. Within the
> editor I need read access to the current values of neomutts variables.
> Reading $NEOMUTTRC does not help, because sometimes I change neomutt
> variables after the start (at runtime).

Meanwhile I have found the setenv command!

But I would like to have an extra automatic feature:

For example, I have in my neomuttrc:
set charset="iso-8859-15"
set alias_file="~/.neomutt/aliases"

neomutt should then automatically call internally
setenv NEOMUTT_charset "iso-8859-15"
setenv NEOMUTT_alias_file "~/.neomutt/aliases"

(uppercase NEOMUTT, lowercase neomutt variable name)

Then every programm started by neomutt (like the editor) knows its
*current* configuration! This would be a great help!

I could write a patch if my C knowledge would not be so rusty :-(
Last time I was programming in C is more than 20 years ago.

Ullrich Horlacher              Server und Virtualisierung
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