A set of dynamic variables that can affect the running processes.

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What does the period indicate when an environmental variable is set like “VARIABLE_NAME=.”

What does the period indicate when an environmental variable is set like VARIABLE_NAME=.
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Is there any harm in using variables that aren't set?

Say I have the following code: # Check if the color prompt is enabled and supported on this system if [ -n "$force_color_prompt" ] && [ -x /usr/bin/tput ] && tput setaf 1 ...
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How to guarantee availability of $BASH_ENV

A non-interactive, non-login shell will try to source any script specified in $BASH_ENV. But how do I guarantee $BASH_ENV is set before a cron job or script has a chance to set $BASH_ENV for any ...
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Setting PATH vs. exporting PATH in ~/.bash_profile [duplicate]

What's the difference and which is better to use when customizing my bash profile? Documentation on the export command is scarce, as it's a builtin cmd. Excerpt from version 1 of my ~/.bash_profile: ...
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Why does xdg-open text_file differ from sudo -u me xdg-open text_file?

If I run the following command, the text file opens in my preferred editor (kate). $ xdg-open text_file However, if I try the following, where sparhawk is my username, I get several warnings, and ...
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What else can break if I remove export from a variable?

My problem is that when I started coding my script I encountered several variable scope issues which resulted in the bad habit of exporting almost all my variables. Now that my code has got quite ...
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Protected environment variables?

Are there names of environment variables that cannot be overwritten by the user/a call to setenv? As I understand from POSIX1.2008, any process may edit the environment block, but must avoid ...
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How do I get a variable's value from one script and import it in another script?

How do I get a variable's value from one script and import it in another script? But the catch is that the script where I am going to get the variable's value has also some commands that I don't want ...
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Environment variables are not set when my function is called in a pipeline

I have the following recursive function to set environment variables: function par_set { PAR=$1 VAL=$2 if [ "" != "$1" ] then export ${PAR}=${VAL} echo ${PAR}=${VAL} shift ...
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How do I pass a variable from my local server to a remote server?

I am trying to pass a variable from my local server (location1) to a remote server (location2). The purpose of the code is to copy a file from the remote server from a predefined location. In simpler ...
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Sourcing scripts with a for loop for different variables

I have several shell scripts that I summarised within a global script. I am using some variables that are the same across all scripts, and I wrote a separate script for this, which I am sourcing in ...
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If processes inherit the parent's environment, why do we need export?

I read here that the purpose of export in a shell is to make the variable available to sub-processes started from the shell. However, I have also read here and here that "Processes inherit their ...
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Difference between “.” and “./” while setting the environment variables using export? [duplicate]

Please excuse me if I am not clear while asking questions. I will try my best to be very clear while asking questions. While learning Embedded Linux, we are setting an environment for our project. ...
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Create global enviromental variable after boot

I know about /etc/profile and /etc/environment, but I would like to set a global environmental variable after boot and login. By global, I mean an environment variable that can be accessed by any ...
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Variable value is not recognized after using gnu parallel?

I have a below shell script from which I am trying to copy 5 files in parallel. I am running my below shell script on machineA which tries to copy the file from machineB and machineC. If the file is ...
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What environment and credential is used by startup, background and service processes

Startup scripts (on boot) Processes running in (or sent to) the background (when using SSH -fN for example) Services etc... What $path variable will they be using? What credentials? Anything else I ...
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why is setting a variable before a command legal in bash?

I've just encountered several answers such as to parsing a delimited text file... that use the construct: while IFS=, read xx yy zz;do echo $xx $yy $zz done < input_file where the IFS ...
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System environment variables not appearing in sudo

I have the following line my /etc/environment file: BROKER_URL=tcp://xxx.30.8.163:61616 I run this and get: $ set|grep BROKER_URL BROKER_URL=tcp://xxx.30.8.163:61616 Then, I run: $ sudo bash # ...
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How do I source another process's environment variables?

If I examine /proc/1/environ I can see a null-byte-delimited string of process 1's environment variables. I'd like to bring these variables into my current environment. Is there an easy way to do ...
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Set environment inside `nsenter /bin/bash`

I'm entering a namespace with nsenter -m -u -i -n -p -t $PID /bin/bash. However, printenv inside this namespace doesn't have everything I need. I'd like to send these variables in, but I'd like to ...
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184 environment variables too many?

I am trying to find the cause of some OS wonkiness, and am concerned about environment variables. The software I have been handed puts an incredibly high amount of environment variables into the ...
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Is the $HOME environment variable always set on a Linux system?

Assuming the machine is running a Linux kernel, sessions make use of the Bash shell and everything is using default configurations (no user has made any changes to config files), can we assume that ...
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What is the difference between env and printenv?

What is the difference between these two commands (env, printenv), which both shows the environment variables? They output same contents by default except '_'. And any historical reasons for two ...
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Understanding environmental variables in different contexts

Trying to understand the behaviour of the environment in Linux (Ubuntu 13.04 concretely), I've find different situations where setting envirionment variables are used or defined for/in different ...
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Setting environment variables at runtime in KDE4

Is it possible to set an environment variable at runtime, affecting all the programs started from the DE after that point (Desktop Environment, in my case KDE4) (without rebooting)? I know it it ...
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How can I ensure that a custom environment variable is set before cron runs a task?

I recently experienced a logwatch issue that is fixed by running export DATE_MANIP=DM5. cron seems to forget this when I logout (presumably because it's not saved). Where can I add this custom ...
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bash script and local env variable namespace collision

I have a bash script with a variable called VAR_A I also have a local env variable called VAR_A The bash script calls the command: echo ${VAR_A} I am not able to change the variable in the script ...
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How can I set up environmental variables for www-data?

I asked a question on dba.se about how I can give my Perl CGI script the password it needs to access the MySQL database it needs to query. I have received only one answer but that one suggests I save ...
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setting environment variable as a function of another env variable [duplicate]

I would like to set an environment variable (that we'll call "TEST") to store the path to a sub-directory of my home directory : something like /home/myself/dir/. I would like to use the $HOME ...
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What does `env COLUMNS=%S ps …` do?

I have seen the syntax env COLUMNS=%sin shell scripts, e.g. see the line below from the Helm package in Emacs: env COLUMNS=%s ps -axo pid,user,pri,nice,ucomm,tty,start,vsz,%%cpu,%%mem,etime,command ...
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Why does export -p exclude $_ variable?

As far I know, there are 3 ways to see exported variables: $ export -p | wc -l 50 $ env | wc -l 51 $ printenv | wc -l 51 As you can see, export -p misses single variable. It's a $_ one: $ diff ...
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How to permanently set environmental variables

My variables are LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/oracle/11.2/client64/lib ORACLE_HOME=/usr/lib/oracle/11.2/client64 How to save these variables permanently ?
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Who is setting http_proxy?

On an Ubuntu system with bash as the default shell for the interested user, the http_proxy environment variable is set to a specific value in a fresh GNOME Terminal. The .bashrc file for this user ...
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Using environment variabless in Tmux status bar shell commands

I am attempting to create a tmux status bar which shows three timezones: US Eastern Time :: UTC :: Central European Time. Using the TZ environment variable makes the date command show the time in a ...
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Where do I place commands to automatically be exported for all users?

I have an embedded platform running an Arago linux distribution. Right now the only "user" is root but there will eventually be others, but I don't know how many or what user IDs they will have. ...
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Permanent Environment Variable with # linux Ubuntu

I am trying to set some environment variables permanently by editing the /etc/environment file. One of my environment variables has a "#" in it and some text after the "#". Everything after the "#" ...
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How to specify a custom include directory in Debian?

I am trying to compile my program on a Debian system via ssh and without root privileges. PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux 7 (wheezy)" NAME="Debian GNU/Linux" VERSION_ID="7" VERSION="7 (wheezy)" I ...
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Restricting grep's --color option to the interactive shell

I have the following variable I want to set to make grep behave a certain way: GREP_OPTIONS=--color=always The problem is, I only want this environment variable to be set on the command line. I ...
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cd ${DIR_PATH} returns 'No such file or directory'

OS = MacOS 10.8.5/Darwin Kernel Version 12.5.0. In my .bash_profile I have: export DIR_PATH=~/concrete/path At the terminal >echo ${DIR_PATH} ~/concrete/path Also explicit cd works: ...
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How can I make shell aliases available when shelling out from Vim?

In my .zshrc, I declare some aliases. Eg, which dbstart shows the contents of that alias. If I open vim from that shell, it is a child process. In Vim, I can run shell commands with :! some_command. ...
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$@ and 'set env $PATH' - Why should this statement go into .inputrc?

I have a line in my .zshrc that says: set env $PATH Apparently this affects the value of $@. I have read that $@ should be empty and that I should not have any set statements in my .zshrc (at least ...
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Local variables in zsh: what is the equivalent of bash's “export -n” in zsh

I'm trying to contain the scope of a variable to a shell, and not have children see it, in zsh. For example, I type this in .zshrc: GREP_OPTIONS=--color=always But if I run a shell script with the ...
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Environment variable for command called via nice

I need to set an environment variable for a command that is being called via nice. [Bash and dash, Slackware and FreeBSD.] $ JIM=20 nice -n 10 echo $JIM $ Nope, echo can't see JIM $ nice -n ...
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How to read value of variable, where the name of variable is the value of another variable

I think an example is in order. Consider I have these two environment variables setup (by a Continuous Delivery tool): PACKAGE_VER=1.2.3 and USE_VERSION_FROM=PACKAGE_VER. What I want now is a script ...
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How to set environment variables under MATE?

I have just installed MATE under Ubuntu Saucy. No problems. Except I am trying to setup Texmaker, the LaTeX IDE, and cannot figure out how to set the paths to the LaTeX tools (pdflatex, etc.) which ...
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HowTo Chroot to BSD

I recently tried FreeBSD [9.2]. I installed it but as i found out it doesn't install any bootloader by default. So now i want to find out HOW it is possible to chroot to the installed BSD via a ...
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How do I create a GUI application launcher for xfce4-terminal with fish but inheriting the environment variables from bash?

If I run fish from a bash prompt, it will inherit the environment variables I have set in my .bashrc and .profile files, including the important $PATH variable. So far so good. Now, I want ...
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Expansion of a shell variable and effect of glob and split on it

This post actually contains two separate questions but I think grouping them together will give some more context. I have gone through this question on quotes around variables but I do not quite ...
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Removing a directory from PATH

I'm trying to compile wxWidgets using MingW, and I have cygwin in my path, which seems to conflict. So I would like to remove /d/Programme/cygwin/bin from the PATH variable and I wonder if there is ...
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I have an environment variable for LANG set in ~/.profile but it is not getting set

I want to set the locale. I have this in my ~/.profile #language export LANG=en_GB.utf8 export TESTING123=en_GB.utf8 But when I type: echo $LANG $TESTING123 I get (LANG not set, but TESTING123 ...