[ Please don't Cc: me when replying to my message on a mailing list. ] Santiago Vila Doncel: > * Alias for colorized ls. Add it to the manual page or other documentation (already exists: /usr/doc/fileutils/color-ls.gz). That way users can find it even if they happen to delete their .bashrc. > * The line "export LC_CTYPE=ISO-8859-1". > * A line like "export LANG=en" Most systems are used by users only in one locale. Put these in /etc/profile. Systems with users from many locales will have to have each user specify his locale separately anyway. > * A line like export PS1; PS1='\h:\w\$ ' Put it in /etc/profile. The documentation for bash already describes setting the prompt well enough. > Do you want more examples? Yes, please. These were examples of things that mustn't be put in /etc/skel. > [ Would you put LANG=en in /etc/profile? It would be useless there! ] On the contrary, it is the best place for default stuff. I wouldn't put it in the version of /etc/profile that Debian ships, but I don't see any reason why the sysadmin wouldn't add it. Setting up a nice default environment for ignorant end users is a good goal, but /etc/skel is exactly the wrong way to accomplish it. If you ever need to update the NDEFIEU (read: every time you install a major new package), and you have used /etc/skel to implement it, you will now have to change a lot of files in users' directories, and that _will_ break. Instead, if you have implemented it using /etc/profile, you only need to change it in one place. -- Please read <http://www.iki.fi/liw/mail-to-lasu.html> before mailing me. Please don't Cc: me when replying to my message on a mailing list.  Ignorant is not the same as stupid. There's no reason why someone who only needs Pine and Lynx to have to learn editing .bashrc.
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