Working on Ubuntu 16.04.05.

According to the official debian and ubuntu documentations, variables declared therein should be inherited by all users;

Then how is the following explained:

root@pkara-pc01:~# cat /etc/environment 
root@pkara-pc01:~# echo $PATH

(i.e. paths in /etc/environment not ending up in root PATH) given that no explicit PATH override seems to take place in:

a) /root/.profile

root@pkara-pc01:~# grep -i path /root/.profile

b) /root/.bashrc

root@pkara-pc01:~# grep -i path /root/.bashrc

c) /etc/profile

root@pkara-pc01:~# grep -i path /etc/profile

d) in /etc/profile.d/ there is only a PATH expansion to account for /snap/bin

root@pkara-pc01:~# grep -rniI -A 1 path /etc/profile.d/
/etc/profile.d/apps-bin-path.sh:3:# Expand $PATH to include the directory where snappy applications go.
/etc/profile.d/apps-bin-path.sh:4:if [ "${PATH#*/snap/bin}" = "${PATH}" ]; then
/etc/profile.d/apps-bin-path.sh:5:    export PATH=$PATH:/snap/bin


Regarding relation to this issue as pointed out by @Kusalandra,

$ su -
root@pkara-pc01:~# echo $PATH
root@pkara-pc01:~# exit
$ sudo -i
root@pkara-pc01:~# echo $PATH


root@pkara-pc01:~# grep -i secure_path /etc/sudoers
Defaults    secure_path="/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/snap/bin"

So it seems the secure_path is applied in both su and sudo cases? (which is not what the related issue states).

  • How do you log in as root? – Kusalananda Aug 24 '18 at 12:24
  • Did a sudo -i – pkaramol Aug 24 '18 at 12:26
  • sudo may well set the PATH for root to some predetermined value or there may be some other security policy in place that changes the PATH from what's in /etc/environment. – Kusalananda Aug 24 '18 at 12:28
  • This may be closely related: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/8646/… – Kusalananda Aug 24 '18 at 12:32
  • @Kusalananda pls check my update on the topic – pkaramol Aug 24 '18 at 12:42

The default paths come from /etc/login.defs, which contains (in Debian at least, I suspect it’s the same in Ubuntu):

# *REQUIRED*  The default PATH settings, for superuser and normal users.
# (they are minimal, add the rest in the shell startup files)
ENV_SUPATH      PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin
ENV_PATH        PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/local/games:/usr/games

This is mentioned at the bottom of the Debian wiki page you linked to, in the context of su.

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