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Re: export won't work

On Sun, 01 Sep 2002 19:04:07 +1000
Russell <rjshaw@iprimus.com.au> wrote:
> Why won't export work? When i run this
> bash script on debian 3:
> #!/bin/sh
> ABC=def
> export ABC
> exit 0
> when i type 'export', then ABC doesn't
> appear in the list of environment variables.

That's unsurprising.

Environment variables are passed to _children_, not parents. So when you
run that script, it creates an environment variable ABC, then exits.
It's got no children at all :)

I think what you want, is to source the file.

'source /path/to/script'. That'll load it in the current
environment/process. Of course, with that 'exit 0' there, it'll also
exit you from your shell ;) Might want to get rid of it.

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