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Bug#252930: Installation-Reports: Beta 4 as a VMware Guest

Joey Hess wrote:
> Looking at it again, the root cause seems to be that a root login shell
> does not get the sbin directories in the PATH. The PATH is
> "/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/games". That seems broken
> to me, shouldn't root have those directories in its path when you log in
> as root? Anyway, probably a base-config bug, since base-config was
> recently changed to call sh -l.
> Apparently /root/.profile is supposed to set the PATH for root to
> include the sbin directories. I don't know why this isn't happening, but
> I have seen the same problem on fresh debian installs. I can't reproduce
> it after install.

~/.profile gets ignored, because $HOME is set to / instead of /root,
so it uses only the definitions in /etc/profile. (This also leaves
a .bash_history file in /.)


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