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Old 01-15-2003, 05:29 PM   #1
charlie123
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$PATH problem


ok, i did the redhat update thing and for some reason /sbin was removed from my $PATH. so i followed the instructions that can be found anywhere and edited /etc/profile and /root/.bash_profile by adding

export PATH=$PATH:/sbin at the end, but it still wont work. if i type that in manually at the command prompt then all is fine, except that it forgets it in the next session. i dont understand what im doing wrong but i cant get the damn thing to stick .

any help would be greatly appreciated.

CHarlie
 
Old 01-15-2003, 05:46 PM   #2
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Do you mean that /sbin was removed from your root path? Because I don't believe you should have it in a users path. If you're having trouble making it stick, manually manipulate the .bash_profile and fix it there.
 
Old 01-15-2003, 05:47 PM   #3
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from what i can tell, if i login as root, then use su to change user, roots $PATH follows me. if i login as a user, then su and become root, users $PATH follows me. i dont know if this is suppose to happen, but i swear it never use to (before i updated my system).
however the problem still stands that i cant successfully change the average users $PATH, ive read everywhere that /etc/profile is where i change everyone but roots $PATH, yet when i do this, then login as a user, /sbin doesnt appear on my echo $PATH.
does anyone else but root need access to /sbin, cos if not then it dont matter too much.

cheers

CHarlie
 
Old 01-15-2003, 05:50 PM   #4
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oh, it would appear that there isnt actually a problem then, if it is suppose to be this way. silly me, i remembered running lilo from a user other than root, and i wondered why it didnt work this time, so i assumed it was because /sbin had been removed from my PATH.

never mind, cheers anyway.

 
  


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