robey at alltel.net
Thu Mar 4 19:56:22 PST 2004
Garance A Drosihn wrote:
> At 9:37 PM -0500 3/4/04, Robey Holderith wrote:
>> I'm trying to find a way to set an environmental variable so
>> that the system will use /usr/tmp or something instead of /tmp
>> as a temporary directory.
> Some utilities will pay attention to the TMPDIR environment variable.
>> The story is that I was attempting to change the size of /usr
>> remotely. I backed up all the data and then copied the bare
>> necessities over to /tmp then changed fstab so the drive formerly
>> known as /usr was never mounted and /tmp was mounted as /usr.
>> Great! it worked... but now su isn't working... because
>> now /tmp is 755.
> However, things that run setuid or setgid will probably avoid
> looking at environment variables. You may have painted yourself
> into a corner here, and will need to be at the machine to log in
> as root.
That's kinda what I figured. Ah well, the night is quickly disappearing
so it looks like I might as well give up until tomorrow when something
can be done.
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