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

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Unset http_proxy enviroment variable

Updated 11/03: After doing some test with your suggestions, I only can be sure about one thing: there is something related to the graphical environment, because if I login through ssh or using ...
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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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TERM variable in chroot

I've created a chroot with the help of jailkit and now I'm trying to install some other libraries and tools. First I tried to install clear library. I've copied the file from the /bin folder and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to source correct startup scripts on interactive, non-login shell

I'm trying to set up a sane/usable environment in a barebones OpenSolaris-derivative (OmniOS, a distribution of Illumos/OpenIndiana). I have all the plumbing code I need in .profile, .inputrc, and ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to push shell config information when SSHing to a host?

I know how to set the GNOME-terminals (or xterms!) prompt to green/red regarding the last exit code: vi .bashrc export PROMPT_COMMAND='PS1="` if [[ \$? = "0" ]]; then echo "\\[\\033[0;32m\\]"; else ...
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Is it possible to find out which files are setting/adding to environment variables, and their order of precedence?

Some of my environment variables ($PATH, $MANPATH and friends) are partially set up in different source files. I find myself wishing for a command or method to quickly gather what part, in a specific ...
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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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What scopes can shell variables have?

I just ran into a problem that shows me I'm not clear on the scope of shell variables. I was trying to use bundle install, which is a Ruby command that uses the value of $GEM_HOME to do its work. I ...
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Can I spawn a new terminal that is a clone of the current terminal?

So let's say I'm developing code in directory /asdf/qwer/dfgh/wert/asdf/qwer and I've added about three more directories like that to my path and I have a bunch of arcane environment variables set. ...
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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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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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How can I create a clean shell environment for temporary use?

I am a frequent answerer on a Unix-focused popular Q&A site, and in many of my answers I provide examples using the bash shell. However, each time I do this I have to manually go through the ...
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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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Is there any guarantee that /usr/bin/env will exist?

Often I will see scripts begin with a shebang line that uses #!/usr/bin/env interpreter_name for whatever interpreter, with the rationale that different systems might have the interpreter that they ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Why is `while IFS= read` used so often, instead of `IFS=; while read..`?

It seems that normal practice would put the setting of IFS outside the while loop in order to not repeat setting it for each iteration... Is this just a habitual "monkey see, monkey do" style, as it ...
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local shutdown scripts (do's and don't's)

At work, I'm running linux, and use vagrant on a daily basis. What I find annoying is that the system often hangs when I reboot/shut down, if I forgot to vagrant halt any virtual boxes I may have ...
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From where does printenv command read environment variables which I have not defined?

The printenv command lists a number of environment variables most of which I have not defined. From where does it read these values? Where are the environment variables stored in Linux? strace ...
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bash: export: `--wait': not a valid identifier

When I run git-sh from my terminal it works fine. But I get the following warning. bash: export: `--wait': not a valid identifier What is this and how do I get rid of it?
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How to loop through xargs where each script uses a common env variable

Is it possible to initiate 10 of the same shell scripts which also initiate more copies, and have them all use the same env variable? For example: script.sh: #!/bin/bash export ...
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ENV variables in relation to xargs loops

Are env variables (set using export) treated differently when the same script is run multiple times simultaneously? That's a weird question, so here's an example I built out which is similar to my ...
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$PATH in /etc/profile not inherited by user shell

I have this in /etc/profile in Fedora 17: PATH=$PATH:"/usr/pgsql-9.2/bin" EDITOR="/usr/bin/emacs -nw" PSQL_EDITOR="/usr/bin/emacs" PAGER="/usr/bin/less" export PATH USER LOGNAME MAIL HOSTNAME ...
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Application does not see environmental variables

I am running following 32 bit command on 64 bit system: LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose glxinfo32 -v -t | head -5 It's output says direct rendering: No (If you want to find out why, try setting ...
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Running a program to output in Dutch

I'm running KDE Arch linux and trying to update my system using pacman and have it output in Dutch. I've tried the following sudo LANG=nl_NL.UTF-8 pacman -Syy sudo KDE_LANG=nl_NL.UTF-8 pacman -Syy ...