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Old 06-01-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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SLES /etc/profile.local


SuSE Enterprise Linux 10 SP 2

I was trying to respect the warning at /etc/profile
and created a /etc/profile.local file.

I used cat /etc/profile >> /etc/profile.local

I then changed the UMASK value from 022 to 0027 and found (GOOGLE) that I could type source = /etc/profile.local without rebooting.

I did a logout. Then logged back in and received the following errors:
Argument List too long
Argument List too long
Argument List too long
Argument List too long
Argument List too long
Argument List too long

(I cannot login)

I was able to reboot the system. Again when I logged in I received the same messages:
Argument List too long
Argument List too long
Argument List too long
Argument List too long

(Again unable to login)

I needed to recover the system using the install DVD. I removed the /etc/profile.local file and rebooted again.
This time I am able to login.

Does anyone have any pointers on creating a profile.local file? Should this be a blank file to start with? I am only interested in changing the UMASK value for now, but my recent "adventure" has made me apprehensive about changing anything else.

Last edited by tritonsmoon; 06-01-2009 at 04:10 PM.
 
Old 06-01-2009, 06:31 PM   #2
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The culprit was the equal sign. To source a file you just
. /path/to/file
or
source /path/to/file


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Old 06-02-2009, 10:54 AM   #3
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The culprit was the equal sign. To source a file you just
. /path/to/file
or
source /path/to/file
I apologize, I'm not sure why I typed the equal sign. That was not in my syntax. That must have been a mental lapse on my part.
I did indeed type "source /etc/profile.local" on my system.
 
Old 06-02-2009, 02:48 PM   #4
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I tried to create a profile.local again today. I receive the same message:
bash: /bin/ls: Argument list too long

Feels like I'm wasting too much time on this. Has anyone else had this trouble? This time I only changed the UMASK to 027 in the /etc/profile.local.

I guess the reason I'm doing this is that I want users to put files in a directory on the server that can be edited by the group. I don't want users changing the permissions for every file they use. I'm correct in changing the UMASK only right??

Thanks.
 
Old 06-02-2009, 03:03 PM   #5
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umask is only relevant when they create new files.
What you want to have is setgid on the directory.


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