[SM-Discuss] bash_profile and bashrc . . .

Seth Alan Woolley seth at positivism.org
Fri Mar 18 18:47:49 EST 2005

On Fri, Mar 18, 2005 at 06:37:29PM -0500, Geoffrey Derber wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-03-18 at 18:49 +0100, Arjan Bouter wrote:
> > This also is not a bug. This is a security measure. Root's profile can/should be
> > different from that of normal users. For example root can have /sbin in $PATH
> > which normal users shouldn't need and to minimize the risk of a non-functional
> > root account things like bash-completion and other stuff which installs in
> > /etc/profile.d shouldn't be in root's profile. By installing a normal file 
> > instead of a link you make sure lazy admins don't use /etc/profile instead of
> > their own.
> If we are considering the security risk, shouldn't the /sbin directories
> be removed from /etc/profile?  In which case we'd also probably want to
> move 'gaze' to /usr/bin or something like that.

This has nothing to do with security.  /sbin/gaze works even when PATH 
doesn't have /sbin/.  PATH is only a convenience.

/etc/profile.d shouldn't be picked up automatically by the root account, 
though, that is a good point.  I prefer my root account prompt to be 
totally different than user accounts, too, for example (more than just 


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