Why does bashlogin export the "path" variable?

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Why does bashlogin export the "path" variable?

Postby floppym » 03 Dec 2012, 02:04

The /bin/bashlogin file in systemrescuecd appears to be heavily customized; it looks nothing like the copy shipped in app-misc/livecd-tools-1.0.42.

At the top of this file is a line reading:

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export path="/sbin /bin /usr/sbin /usr/bin"

Why is this line present?

I have seen it cause problems for users building certain packages; a specific example escapes me at the moment. The problem boils down to some Makefile which is using the $path variable from the environment, expecting it to be empty under some condition.

This is complicated by zsh's built-in $path variable, which makes the value of path in the environment invisible unless you launch a different shell (like bash).

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Re: Why does bashlogin export the "path" variable?

Postby gernot » 03 Dec 2012, 05:19

I dont know why path is set, but PATH is set because sysrcd don't use /bin/login.
In normal systems /bin/login set PATH.


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