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

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Setting environment variables for system users

I have a couple of system users that have no password set, login disabled and no home directories. They are used solely to run FastCGI processes for a couple of websites. I want to avoid hard coding ...
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Current environmental variables of a process

This question relates to this answer. Is it possible to get the current (not initial) environmental variables of a process by making a child process and checking its initial environmental variables? ...
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How to get environmental variables of a very short process?

I have a very short process for which i want to check the environmental variables for debugging purposes. The process is instant from a human perspective. The example illustrates it better. Example ...
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How do I set the PATH or other environment variables so that X apps can access it?

How can I set env variables so that KDE recognizes them? How do you set the path in a non-shell environment (KDE)? Unlike the above two questions, I want to know how to do this for GNOME. Or better ...
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Show PATH in a human-readable way

I want to show my PATH environment variable in a more human-readable way. $ echo $PATH ...
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Why do 'ssh host echo $PATH' and printing the $PATH after ssh'ing into the machine give different results?

On a particular host, when I ssh into the machine and enter echo $PATH I get /home/wxy/bin64:/home/wxy/bin:/usr/kerberos/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin and if I ...
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“not a valid identifier” when I do “export $PATH”

When I run export $PATH in bash, I get the error not a valid identifier. Why? Here's my ~/.bashrc file # ~/.bashrc: executed by bash(1) for non-login shells. # see ...
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$PATH duplication issues

If I do echo $PATH I get the following: ...
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Get environment variable of other user [closed]

Is there a way I can see the environment variable of an other user? I want to do that as root, so permissions won't be a problem I guess. For the user himself, I use echo $PATH or set | grep PATH ...
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How does the path enviroment variable work in linux?

I'm confused how does the enviroment path work under linux, I'm a Linux Mint 15 user. First, I read about editing the /home/.bashrc file and doing a PATH=$PATH:/directory, but I also knew about ...
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Spurious “command not found” [duplicate]

I am in the process of trying to build and install pjsua on my embedded board running linux with a kernel which is a variant of 2.6.18.. The board is booted via nfs from my filesystem. I have built ...
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SUDO: Username condition in sudoers file

I'm trying to allow my user (via sudo, launched in a script) to copy a file from their home to a web directory. Command would be: sudo cp /home/$LOGNAME/file_source /var/www/$LOGNAME_file_dest So ...
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What is the `editor` command in bash?

I was looking for a command that would hopefully open the current user's favourite text editor, because I am writing out some instructions with commands in a blog. I was expecting a command like edit, ...
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Who sets $USER and $USERNAME environment variables?

Also, will these variables always match currently logged-in username (they do on my Debian system)? Can I assume their availability in other Unix(-like) systems? I'm also curious why one would use ...
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Any other way to define an environment variable?

I'm quite new to Linux. Debian Wheezy is now running on my Laptop (64 bits). I recently installed Oracle 11g R2 database for evaluation purpose, and defined environment variables (such as ORACLE_SID) ...
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Executing commands with PHP: using normal user, but its home directory is /root

I'm using a custom compiled installation of Apache + PHP, listening on port 80. Apache is configured to run as a normal user, with the proper settings User and Group of the httpd.conf file. After ...
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Where is the environment string actual stored?

But when we first time we adding a new name,we have to call malloc to obtain >room for a new list of pointers. We copy the old environment list to this new area and store a pointer to the ...
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Why do I have to re-set env vars in tmux when I re-attach?

I mainly work on a mac and ssh/tmux attach to a Linux machine to do my work. I have ssh-agent running on the Linux machine. I have set -g update-environment "SSH_AUTH_SOCK SSH_ASKPASS WINDOWID ...
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Openbox doesn't seem to have correct environment variables set

I've installed Debian 7.0, and then installed Openbox on top of it. I've got some executable files in ~/bin, and this line in my .bashrc and .profile: export PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH" I can normally ...
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How to change locale environment variable?

I have generated en_US.utf8, et_EE.iso88591 and ru_RU.utf8 localisation files. Now if I try to change any of the locale variables to a ru_RU.utf8 or en_US.utf8, then this does not have any effect: # ...
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Difference between sudo su - user and sudo -iu user [duplicate]

I was wondering if there were any difference (in environment ?) between doing sudo su - user and sudo -iu user From what I know: By using sudo su - user I open a new shell as user, and the ...
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Permanent Environment Variable for all users

I want to have all users on the system to have an environment variable named SPI that points to /usr/local/share_ideas directory. How do I do it?
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Installing packages and tools on a local non-standard directory

TLDR: What environment variables should I update to guarantee that my system has access to everything a package provides when building it on a non-traditional path? I usually don't have root access ...
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Why is uname -M returning an empty string?

On the exact same machine (AIX 6.1), in 2 different login shells (both ksh), with different user IDs, I can do uname -M; in one shell I get the system model. In the other shell I get BLANK! The only ...
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Effect if any of changing LD_LIBRARY_PATH environnment variable on emacs fonts?

The rendering of my emacs fonts changes if I define a specific list of directories under the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable just before I call emacs. I changed this because I wanted to use emacs ...
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How to print shell variables and values to be able to copy/paste them?

In Bash 4.2.25, the set and env output is not escaped, so shell escapes and any non-printable characters won't be copy-pasteable. Take for example this shell session: $ export foo=$'a\nbar=\baz' $ ...
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Why ssh -nq -t can't see my environment variable?

I am executing a command on remote machine with -t flag ( to prevent the command from 'blocking' ) the prompt (somehow it works that way). So I am using ssh -nq -t root@ip but with this, the script ...
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Paths in my bash profile do not work!

export PATH=/usr/local/bin:/Users/rodrigoprugue/Desktop/CRUNCH:~/phreeqc/bin:$PATH export PARFLOW_DIR=~/parflow/parflow.r605/ export SILO_DIR=~/parflow/silo-4.7.2/ export ...
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Detecting X session in a bash script (.bashrc etc.)

Recently I put xset b off to my .bashrc. Now I'm annoyed by the error thet pops up when I log in via tty or via ssh, i.e. outside X session. First thing that came in my mind was [[ -z "$SOME_VAR" ]] ...
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Environment variable does not seem to work in sudo

I use apt behind a firewall, so I specify a proxy in the http_proxy environment variable. What I have done is added the following line to both .profile and .bashrc (for good measure) of the root ...
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Environment of another user in a child process

I have a parent process running as 'root' user. After fork(), execl() and setuid()/setgid(), the child process is started as another OS user (say user1). Printing the environment shows that this is ...
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Colon breaks the variable subsitution [closed]

I am trying to lookup some C functions so that I could debug while using strace. So I setup a bash function to look it up in firefox (or links), but the substitution falls apart with : and escaping ...
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Backup to a synology NAS with bup

I am trying to make a remote backup to my Synology NAS (DSM 4.1) using bup. I compiled bup on my NAS from source, did there: BUP_DIR=/volume1/public/Backups/bup bup init Initialized empty Git ...
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How to print apparently hidden environment variables?

Environment variables can be shown with env; but, some are not shown. For example... echo $EUID might produce as result of 1000 yet env | grep EUID produces no result. What is this type of variable? ...
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Prevent SSH client passing TERM environment variable to server?

I'm currently using Fedora 18 gnome-terminal, then started tmux multiplexer in it. After I connected to a CentOS 5 server via ssh command, I find: ls result has no color tmux, screen, hexedit, htop ...
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How do I set an environment variable for sudo in MacOS?

I have installed ServiceMix on my machine, and am trying to start it. The startup script is called start.sh. When I did ./start.sh, it gave me a Permission Denied message. So I used sudo ./start.sh, ...
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Variable expansion did not happen in /etc/environment

I changed the /etc/environment to add more directories to the PATH variable. But looks like $PATH in double quotes were not expanded and I could find any command from the shell and ...
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Set environment variable for all of tmux shells when gnome-sessions gets restarted

To solve this problem, I need to set the environment variable DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS for all shells inside tmux every time I restart gnome without restarting tmux (this is often). How can I best ...
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Users home path in a bash script

I'm writing a bash-script that will be run as a cron job everyday. Very basic, I was wanting to change the wallpaper daily. I have mint-14 with mate. The thing I'm getting caught up on right now ...
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Is there anyway to set a readonly environment variable?

I am using the following in openssh/telnet code, which sets the user environment. setenv("TEST_ENV", "testing", 1); But this can be modified by the user, is there anyway to make it readonly env ...
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grep: Ignoring GREP_OPTIONS to search case-sensitive

I have set GREP_OPTIONS="--ignore-case --color" in ~/.bashrc as I normally want grep to work case-insensitive. However, there are times when I need grep to actually search case-sensitive, but the man ...
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Set global environment variables at boot in Solaris 11

I am wanting to create a file in Solaris, so that I can export a few "items" whenever the machine is started up. i.e. I want to export ORACLE_HOME and ORACLE_SID and some other directories, of my ...
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How to run a shell script with export command in crontab

I have a shell script that exports values of variables when executed. The same values will be used in another script. How to run this script(test.sh) in cron. #!/bin/sh export I="10" echo $I I will ...
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OS X setting environment variables

I have OSX 10.8.2 with ZSH as my shell and iTerm as a terminal (don't know if the last thing is relevant). I have to mention that I'm relatively new to OSX. I'm trying to set up some environment ...
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How to run Steam from the Xfce desktop?

I've installed Steam on Debian 7.0 without any hassle, and I can run it by typing steam &. I've set it as a desktop launcher in Xfce, but when I ran it, nothing happened. Then I've check the ...
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LANG environment variable not respected

OS: Mint13 I have set my preferred language to zh-cn via the language support option. This has changed the language of a small handful of things (synaptic, dates and times). However everything else ...
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What does the Enlightenment desktop (E17) environment variable “PANTS=ON” do?

Installing the Enlightenment Window Manager (E17), results in an environment variable being set: PANTS=ON What does this environment variable do? What will happen if I set PANTS=OFF
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Awesome: Incorrect timezone

Typically, I set the timezone of my computer's clock by changing the .bashrc file, appending, say, TZ='America/Los_Angeles'; export TZ such that whenever date is invoked the right time in the right ...
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Environment auto-install script

When I work, I often have to switch computers or virtual machines which means that every time I switch, I have to set up my (Linux) environment again. Is there a tool (in contrast to a simple bash ...
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Bash - setting environment vars from bash invocation line

I'm looking for a way to manipulate some env var, which will be available for processes spawned by bash. Something like the below (of course, the syntax is not correct) /bin/bash VAR_X=2 and then ...