SOLVED: My .env entry != to process.env.ENTRY WAT?

SOLVED: My .env entry != to process.env.ENTRY WAT?
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As it happens, I had a persistent variable called, obviously, GOOGLE_API_KEY set already in my environment to a slightly different value.


I have to admit, this one makes no sense.

I defined an .env file for dotenv. Inside, I set my GOOGLE_API_KEY to the key. Later:

dotenv.load();

But what I find is that my API key is not equal to process.env.GOOGLE_API_KEY. It is the same length and the first half is correct, but the second half is different.

It’s stuff like this that makes programming frustrating, in truth. Just bizarre stuff.

Any ideas?