How to tell GNOME menu items about environment variables?

neskie neskiem at
Mon Mar 31 19:07:32 UTC 2008

To run a program in a modified environment use the program called: env

For more info see the man pages. I came across this post because I created a
POSIX locale shs_CA which isn't supported in OpenOffice and OO.o would crash
when I started it with the shs_CA locale.  So I now start OO.o from GNOME

env LANG=en_CA.UTF-8 ooffice

Gernot Hassenpflug wrote:
> Hello,
> I am trying to get a Japanese input method to work with an application
> launched from GNOME. This works fine from the terminal with:
> $ export LANGUAGE="ja_JP.UTF-8"
> $ export LANG="ja_JP.UTF-8"
> $ export LC_ALL="ja_JP.UTF-8"
> $ export XMODIFIERS="@im=kinput2"
> $ kinput2-canna &
> $ 
> However, I cannot figure out how to include the environment variable
> settings in the GNOME menu item command. Whatever combinations I have
> tried, the error is returned that the file or directory does not
> exist; i.e., GNOME cannot parse the combination of settings and
> commands.
> A search of the forums and Google did not turn up answers applicable
> to individual apps, only to GNOME as a whole (from control center, gdm
> session manager, etc.)
> Any help much appreciated,
>    Gernot Hassenpflug

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