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Old 06-10-2004, 01:10 PM   #1
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How to set environment variables

Hi all, I would like to set up an environment variable under SuSe Linux. What would be root's startup file. .profile and .bash_profile don't exist. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 06-10-2004, 01:46 PM   #2
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For bash, there primarily four files to look at:

You can modify any of them to export the variable. For the files located in /etc, the changes will be included for every user. For the files in ~/, the chages will only be for that particular user. If the file doesn't exist, just create one adding whatever necesssary commands with a text editor and save it. Then re-log (or source the file) to have the changes take effect.
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Thanks very much

One last question. Lets say running some script requires running a variable first. Doest that mean that I need to run that variable (by adding to /etc/profile for example) for crontab as well? Does cron require you to run a variable? Where would I specify the same variable for cron? Thanks in advance
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For cron you may have to declare the variable inside the script you run.


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