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Re: paths and su

On Mon, 22 Dec 1997, Tim Ferrell wrote:

> As a recent Debian convert (from Red Hat) I am finding myself a bit
> disoriented at times... my latest question concerns su and paths. When
> I su to root my path does not end up being what I expect it too and I
> can't figure out exactly what is setting it. I have edited
> /etc/login.defs to be certain that _that_ is not what is doing it. Here
> are the details:
> su to root path in login.defs:  
> /sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:~/bin:
> however when I su to root I get a path like this...
> /sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin
> I am not modifying the path in any environment files such as
> ...bash_profile -- what is resetting my path?? 
> Of course, when I use su - or su -l the path is fine (actually, it is
> the normal full path I set for root) but then the shell has no knowledge
> of the value of DISPLAY. It is a pain to have to set the DISPLAY
> variable each time I want to run an X program...

Could it possibly be that the environment when you su is set by
/root/.bashrc rather than /root/bash_profile?


Bob Nielsen                 Internet: nielsen@primenet.com
Tucson, AZ                  AMPRnet:  w6swe@01.w6swe.ampr.org

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