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Installing the Enlightenment Window Manager (E17), results in an environment variable being set:

PANTS=ON

What does this environment variable do? What will happen if I set

PANTS=OFF
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I advise trying this in private first. PANTS=OFF can have unfortunate consequences (e.g. may send unexpected signals), and may abruptly terminate connections, even between close peers. –  ire_and_curses Jan 25 '13 at 17:19
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As I'm not an active Enlightement developer, I am taking an educated guess.

On the Enlightenment developer mailing list, there are a lot of references, usually in closing, to various states of pants. These appear to be tongue in cheek references meant for humor. It seems to have been started, or at least perpetuated, by lead developer The Rasterman.

pants on! (or skirts... whatever tickles your fancy).
:)

-- 
------------- Codito, ergo sum - "I code, therefore I am" --------------
The Rasterman (Carsten Haitzler)    ras...@rasterman.com

It's probably safe to assume that the environment variable is a nod to this inside developer joke.

Of course the easiest is to set PANTS=OFF and see if it has any obvious effect. If you are very curious, subscribe to the Enlightenment developer list and ask there.

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Indeed, grepping the source code, e_util_env_set("PANTS", "ON"); is the only place PANTS occurs. So, yeah, it probably does nothing. –  derobert Jan 25 '13 at 16:45
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PANTS is the Pants Application Node Transparency System. PANTS enables transparent distributed computing, in a cluster that is using, perhaps, Beowulf. My guess is that PANTS=ON likely enables the use of PANTS, should there be a cluster to use. Setting PANTS=OFF will likely disable the use of PANTS. It's a good question to ask Enlightenment developers.

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