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Old 01-07-2008, 04:27 AM   #1
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where to put system-wide environment variables


what is the best place to put the system-wide environment variables? This is about ubuntu/bash. I have experimented with /etc/bash.bashrc, /etc/profile (both are repeatedly read, not just once), and /etc/environment (variables are not expanded).

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lets take 3 types

root user....make it /root/.bashrc

one normal user then /home/yourname/.bashrc

multi user can stay /etc/bashrc
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System wide? /etc/profile is read at login irrespective of what shell you're using; if you've added an application that could be used by every potential system user, that would be the place to put the environment variables for it. For example, additions to LD_LIBRARY_PATH, PATHand the like. Otherwise, as suggested, in the user's home directories.


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