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  • Runtime.exec(String[] cmdarray, String[] envp, File dir) [] does envvars and working dirs for forked processes. Which is a little bit toward what you want...

    A major problem with envvars and working dirs as implemented in Perl, for example, is that they are process global. That wreaks havoc on the extreme isolation that Java strives for. So, I would argue that give Java's goals, the lack of %ENV and setcwd() is a feature.

    But the lack of copy? That's a real nuisance.

    • Yeah, I can set it for subprocesses, and I am. But I want to just set it for my current process so the subprocesses can inherit it. Also I am calling an ant build that unfortunately depends on environment variables (for the moment -- hopefully to be corrected next year, but there's no time right now), and since there is no way to set them, I had to rip out all of the nice code I had for calling that in my current process and pleasantly reading and organizing its output, and replace it with code to call it

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers