should ALPHAVANTAGE_API_KEY be a system or user variable

Thoma, Herbert herbert.thoma at
Mon Nov 13 08:43:31 EST 2017

Am 13.11.2017 um 14:36 schrieb Derek Atkins:
> Hi,
> My personal feeling is that "it depends."  If you're running on a
> multiuser server then yes, it should probably be per-user.  If it's just
> your home machine, then it can be a system variable.  I suspect most users
> fall into the latter category and not the former.

Well, I am the only user on the machine where I run GnuCash.
Nevertheless I put ALPHAVANTAGE_API_KEY in my .bashrc because
that's where I set my environment.

For me it feels just wrong to have this under /etc.


> -derek
> On Mon, November 13, 2017 8:24 am, Wm via gnucash-devel wrote:
>> First, many thanks to all that have put in work on F::Q since the turn
>> of the month, it has prompted me to try and find where I can make a
>> contribution again.
>> Having got my ALPHAVANTAGE_API_KEY today I'm wondering if it should be a
>> user variable rather than a system one as the instructions show at the
>> moment.
>> Obviously this is a fluid situation and there certainly isn't any rush
>> in GnuCash version terms but I thought I might see what other people
>> thought after a couple of weeks and before everyone gets used to it
>> being one or the other.
>> I think it should be a user variable if only because it didn't feel
>> right editing system files to contain user specific info, I don't think
>> F::Q itself will be fussed much so long as it is in the environment when
>> needed.
>> Thoughts ?
>> --
>> Wm
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