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Old 11-02-2003, 08:47 AM   #1
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Question QT and the home directory




Okay, I've got an ultimate n00b question for you guys...a real stumper...what does QT mean by "create .profile in the home directory"? I created .profile like it said, but which directory is the home directory? Does it refer to the actual directory named /home, or does it refer to something else. I should have had this answered by my super-linux friend, but he likes to give misleading n00b-confuddling answers. I created it in /home, and ran ./configure, which seems to have run just fine, but haven't gotten a chance to make it yet cause I'm at work now. Does the location of .profile affect ./configure, or just make, or both, or neither, or stuff?

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Old 11-02-2003, 09:38 AM   #2
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Okay, well, my coworked had a Unix handbook that explained it as the home directory for each user, so that means I need to make a .profile for each user? Or does it work from /home...I wouldn't think it would, but it would be nice.
 
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The answer could depend on the version of Linux you are running. RedHat uses the .baschrc in the home directory which serves the same purpose. If your system is actually using the .profile, it should already be in each user's home directory. When a user account is created, a directory with that user name is in /home. For example, jsmith account would have a home directory of /home/jsmith. That is where the .profile (.bashrc) resides and only applies to that user.

If you need to do the same thing for all users when they login, put it in /etc/profile (/etc/bashrc) rather than in the individual .profile
 
Old 11-02-2003, 09:55 AM   #4
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Interesting. The installation instructions for QT say you'll either have a .profile or a .login, but bash kernels use .profile. It never mentions a .bashrc anywhere. Thanks, I'll try the /etc/profile thing .
 
  


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