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Old 02-16-2007, 06:34 PM   #1
mattn
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$HOME environmental variable missing a /


Hi:

Some security upgrades were recently done to our lab's linux machine (not by me personally), and now the $HOME environmental variable is missing the first "/". Consequently, a lot of programs can't locate needed files. bash can't even find my .bashrc file.

Do you know how to fix how $HOME is set by default?

Thanks,

Matt
 
Old 02-16-2007, 08:09 PM   #2
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Try "getent passwd username", check the sixth field.
 
Old 02-16-2007, 08:12 PM   #3
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Hi -

AFAIK, the value of "$HOME" for any user should reflect exactly what's in "/etc/password" for that user.

So please and make sure the /etc/passwd entry has a leading "/".

If it does, then please post back additional details about exactly what version of Linux this is, what patches might have changed the behavior, and anything else you think might be relevant.

'Hope that helps .. PSM

ADDENDUM:
it looks like "unspawn" and I were typing essentially the same response at the same time :-)

Last edited by paulsm4; 02-16-2007 at 08:14 PM.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 08:31 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot unSpawn and paulsm4! Problem solved.
 
  


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