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Re: emacs tramp and the remote environment

From: Michael Albinus
Subject: Re: emacs tramp and the remote environment
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 15:16:13 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.91 (gnu/linux)

"Drew Adams" <address@hidden> writes:

>> I use tramp every day from home (it is a so great tool!) to compile
>> and run applications in a remote set of machines. At this moment the
>> only thing I'm missing is a better way for moving around the remote
>> file system. I mean, in the remote environment I set a few variables
>> that when running emacs locally would quickly let me go to directories
>> I need to visit, that is, C-x C-f $MYVAR tab
>> But with tramp on a remote machine all variable keep their local value
>> and, therefore, I cannot use them to browse the remote file system.
>> I thought that hooking a function that would somehow replace process-
>> environment with the remote one would do the trick. Then I saw in
>> tramp that there is already a variable named tramp-remote-process-
>> environment, but it seems to be meant to some other purposes.
>> Would it be there and advice on how to accomplish what I'm looking
>> for?

`tramp-remote-process-environment' is meant to *set* environment
variables on the remote host. There is no Tramp function which *reads*
them. The following code snippet might help you:

(let ((default-directory "/ssh:remotehost:"))
    (shell-command "set" standard-output)))

> However, it might also help to know that you can bookmark remote locations:
> files and directories, and then visit the bookmarks. IOW, just go to the 
> trouble
> once of getting to the right places, and set bookmarks to them for subsequent
> quick access.

The Tramp FAQ explains several approaches, how to shorten remote file
names. See

(info "(tramp)Frequently Asked Questions")

Best regards, Michael.

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