This is for the program git-cola, although I think the question is more general. It is also using LM Cinnamon 18.

The environment variable I want to set is SCALE_GIT_COLA=2 so that the program looks good with a HiDPI display.

If I add export SCALE_GIT_COLA=2 to my .profile, then open a terminal and run git-cola, I get the desired effect.

However, if I use a launcher (I am using Albert, but again I think this is more general) to run git-cola, then it looks as if SCALE_GIT_COLA=2 has not been set.

How can I get launchers run through the Cinnamon desktop to respect environment variables set through .profile? Or, where else can I add these environment variables so that I get this behavior?


Copy git-cola.desktop file to ~/.local/share/applications/ and modify one line:

Exec=/usr/bin/env SCALE_GIT_COLA=2 git-cola
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  • This didn't work for me. Still launches as if SCALE_GIT_COLA=2 has not been set. – evencoil Sep 17 '18 at 12:11

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