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

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Where do EDITOR, PAGER, BROWSER environment variables come from?

When I look in man bash none of these are defined. However, random posts online refer to them; where do they come from? Or are they just a convention?
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OracleSolaris 11.2 - setting MANPATH variable

What is the right way to extend MANPATH in Solaris? Currently it is empty for a user session, so I get to do it manually in $HOME/.bash_profile: ...
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What's the 'right' format for the HTTP_PROXY environment variable? Caps or no caps?

I've encountered both http_proxy and HTTP_PROXY. Are both forms equivalent? Does one of them take precedence over the other?
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How to switch java environment for specific process?

I use openjdk in my work, but sometimes I need oracle's jre or even specific version of oracle's jre. As I know, I should update JAVA_HOME value and /usr/bin/java or /etc/alternatives/java link ...
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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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How to change JAVA_HOME temprorary with env command

I use openjdk for my work, but sometimes I need oracle's JRE. I thought that I could use 'env' command for this, but can't figure out why it's not working. I have openjdk in ...
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How to append to an environment variable using an .env file?

Assuming the .env file is loaded before execution, how can you append to it without overriding it? DEBUG=True FOO=BAR PYTHONPATH="/Users/James/project/" The above file would (?) override it, and ...
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Magic environment variables in gnome-terminal

I had installed a proxy software (cntlm) on my machine. It sets the environment variable http_proxy to 127.0.0.1:3128. Now I've uninstalled the program using apt-get remove cntlm. However I'm able ...
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Does kali distro not use /etc/environments file?

I appended a path to /etc/environments file and now it is like so: mindaugas@Kali:~$ cat /etc/environment | tr ":" "\n" PATH="/usr/local/sbin /usr/local/bin /usr/sbin /usr/bin /sbin /bin /sbin" I ...
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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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How do I add an installed program to my PATH so I can run it from the command line?

I installed jsx using npm: npm install -g jsx Now it installed jsx in this path: /node_modules/lib/node_modules/jsx/bin In the bin, I'm having jsx. Now if type ./jsx, it works fine as expected. ...
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Is there a CLI tool that would prettify a JSON string [closed]

On my host I enter the following, which returns a bunch of information which isn't particularly easy to read at the CLI. echo $ENV_VAR | base64 --decode Is there a way to format it? This is a ...
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How to set Ruby GEM_HOME and GEM_PATH

I'm a NOVICE user of Linux and using Linux mint 17.1 I've reinstalled Linux mint 20 time in last 3 days for that issue but could not fix it I'm trying to install ruby on rails using rvm what ...
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Possible to pass env vars into chpst without envdir?

I use runit to daemonize my web application, and I'm trying to see if I can have my process managed by sv not have to have a corresponding envdir for its environment variables. I wonder if I can just ...
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Unset all ENV variables matching _PROXY

I'm trying to unset all environment variables that match _PROXY: env | grep -i _proxy | column -t -s '=' | awk '{ print $1 }' | grep -iv 'no_proxy' | xargs -0 -I variable unset variable but it's ...
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How to safely transmit a password over SSH for a remote command to use

On the local server, I have a program that stores the password in the predefined environment variable (SPECIAL_PASSWORD). On the remote server I have a program that reads and uses a password from a ...
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what is the use of “export” command

I created a environment variable in one terminal window and tried to echo it in another terminal window. That displayed nothing. $TEST=hello After that I exported it and tried again to echo it in ...
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HOME is not set when exploiting a vulnerability

Can you help me solve this error? sh: line 61: cd: HOME not set. Distribution: Metasploitable 2 (Ubuntu 8.04) /root/.bashrc (comments and whitespace removed): [ -z "$PS1" ] && return ...
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How to set HOSTNAME in zsh?

In bash, which sets $HOSTNAME for you, I was able to calculate the total length of prompt line simply by using something like: PS1_length=$((${#USER}+${#HOSTNAME}+${#PWDNAME}+12+${#PS1_GIT})) It was ...
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What is $PWD? (vs current working directory)

So Wikipedia (link) tells me that the command pwd is short for "print working directory", and that makes sense. But for the environment variable, the "P" has to be an acronym for something else than ...
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What is the difference between 'env' and 'printenv'?

What is the difference between the two commands env and printenv? They both show the environment variables, and the output is exactly the same aside from _. Are there any historical reasons for there ...
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How to correctly set the XDG base dirs gobally and dynamically

I get a lot of config folders in my homefolder. I assume that is, because $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is not set and some software (e.g. fontconfig, umlet) does not follow the standards. $XDG_CONFIG_HOME ...
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Can I run a single program without running it through a window manager? (Gnome, Technic-Launcher)

I'm running into an issue with Technic-Launcher being completely white when run in gnome, but it's fine in other DE's. The developer says it's an issue with mutter and undecorated java windows. Can I ...
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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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Zsh: export: not valid in this context

When running this script, I run into an error on this line (relevant snippet below): ... _NEW_PATH=$("$_THIS_DIR/conda" ..activate "$@") if (( $? == 0 )); then export PATH=$_NEW_PATH # If ...
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Issue an error when using empty shell variables

Sometimes I use, $PROJECT_HOME/* to delete all files in the project. When the environment variable, PROJECT_HOME is not set (because I did su and the new user doesn't have this environment variable ...
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Installing netbeans on Scientific Linux- NoClassDefFoundError thrown from the UncaughtExceptionHandler in thread “main”

I'm installing netbeans 8.0.1 on Scientific Linux. I have executed the installer .sh but I get the error: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError thrown from the UncaughtExceptionHandler in thread "main" ...
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If processes can't modify their parent's environment, what is MC doing?

As far as I know, a process cannot modify its parent's environment. However, when I run mc (GNU's Midnight Commander, a curses-based file manager) and then quit it, I end up with another $PWD: ...
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$VAR vs ${VAR} and to quote or not to quote

I can write VAR=$VAR1 VAR=${VAR1} VAR="$VAR1" VAR="${VAR1}" the end result to me all seems about the same. Why should I write one or the other? are any of these not portable/POSIX?
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Fixing a broken PYTHONPATH environment variable

I recently installed some software, which required python to operate. For some reason, it installed its own version of python, and modified the PYTHONPATH variable. Now, when I attempt to import a ...
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$PATH variable on Fish Shell OS X

I have somehow screwed up my path variables with Fish shell on OS X. Is this the proper $PATH variable in the config.fish? user@host ~> more ~/.config/fish/config.fish set -g -x PATH ...
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Computer won't load if I comment out sourcing bashrc from .profile? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the difference/application of system files like .profile/.bash_profile/.bashrc etc. Now, I understand that .profile will be sourced when I login to the computer routinely ...
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Can you execute a Bash function with the `at` command?

I want to execute a Bash function at a scheduled time. I think the right tool for this is the at command. However, it doesn't seem to be working. function stupid () { date } export -f stupid ...
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What is the difference if I start bash with “/bin/bash” or “/usr/bin/env bash”? [duplicate]

In shell scripts one specifies language interpreter on shebang(#!) line. As far as I know, it is recommended to use #!/usr/bin/env bash because env is always located in /usr/bin directory while ...
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How can I execute and export in a single shellscript

I have two shell scripts. $ cat java_alternative_7 #!/bin/sh sudo update-java-alternatives -s java-7-oracle $ cat java_home_7 #!/bin/sh export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle It's simple that ...
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Settings environment variables from a file

I want to have a file (outside of git) that contains certain environment variables. While a script (which is in git) needs to read them and export to env. My current implementation works for ...
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Why is it better to use “#!/usr/bin/env NAME” instead of “#!/path/to/NAME” as my shebang?

I notice that some scripts which I have acquired from others have the shebang #!/path/to/NAME while others (using the same tool, NAME) have the shebang #!/usr/bin/env NAME. Both seem to work ...
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How do I set a user environment variable? (permanently, not session)

This is irritating me. I seen several suggestions (all using different files and syntax) and none of them worked. How do I set an environment variable for a specific user? I am on debian squeeze. ...
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export PATH permanently [duplicate]

I have exported the PATH but once I switch to a different terminal or reboot Debian, $PATH is reset. Here are the steps I take: ~$ vim scripts.sh #!/bin/bash echo "Hello" I save it as mybash.sh ...
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Why sudo env is not showing all the environment variables?

I have a variable set in a script file in /etc/profile.d/somescript.sh I have modified the /etc/sudoers and added "ansible" user to the sudoers file like this: Defaults !env_reset ansible ...
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Is it possible to make an exec call that “returns”?

Is there a way to make the exec system call work like a function call that returns instead of totally replacing the current process image? My motivation is trying to integrate two shells with ...
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How do I run GUI applications as root by using pkexec?

I am using Trisquel GNU/Linux-Libre which comes with Gnome3 Flashback Desktop Environment. I know that I can run GUI application as root by sudo & gksudo but I want to know that How do I run GUI ...
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When not started from a terminal, Emacs does NOT pick up the SSH_AUTH_SOCK environment variable

When I don't start it from a terminal, Emacs 24.5.1 (compiled from source) doesn't pick up my environment variables. In particular, to "import" the environment variables from shell, I have in my ...
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csh: Terminal inherits environment variables from an unknown location

I'm on a shared machine running CentOS 5.10 that I log onto using VNC from Windows 7. Our default and official shell is csh. Every time I open a new terminal, I have three particular environment ...
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Pip managed python extending distribution packaged modules

I am looking for recommendations on extending the python library managed by my arbitrary distribution with packages available via PPI. Basically I have been working with a distro managed installation ...
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how to pass environment variable to sudo su

I basically need to do this: DUMMY=dummy sudo su - ec2-user -c 'echo $DUMMY' This doesnt work. How can I pass the env variable $DUMMY to su? -p doesnt work with -l.
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Differences between sudo and su in inheriting environment

Why can the command run by sudo inherit the environment from the parent shell process, while the shell process after sudo su to the root user doesn't? t@ocean:/tmp$ export ME=tim t@ocean:/tmp$ sudo ...
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Pass environment variables' values to a program? [duplicate]

When I run a perl script pdfannotextractor.pl in bash, I want to set the value of a variable TEXMFVAR needed by the script, and pass it to the script. I googled around, and thought I found a ...
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Identify user defined variables

In a GNU/Linux bash shell, I am using a command to identify and save all my user defined variables at a specific point in time for debugging purposes (I source the file later): declare | grep ...
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Weird behaviour when setting environment variables with .bash_profile: only last export works properly

I am trying to export some environment variables in Unix using the .bash_profile It reads now like this: export PATH=${PATH}:/usr/local/cuda-6.0/bin/ export ...