rc init path question
brooks at one-eyed-alien.net
Mon Aug 15 17:19:58 GMT 2005
On Mon, Aug 15, 2005 at 09:24:34AM -0600, Ken Gunderson wrote:
> Not strictly amd64 related but I'm not subsribed to questions so here
> Why is PATH set so restrictively (e.g. PATH=/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/
> bin) by rc init? Startup scripts in rc.d inherit this and seem to have
> difficulties finding things upon boot whereas running the script
> manually works fine since .cshrc has come into play by then. Or am I
> totally missing something here.??
Predictability. Those directories should in general contain only system
programs who's behavior should be what we expect. Adding other
directories such as /usr/local/bin would complicate matters. This means
you have to test slightly more carefully, but using full paths to
commands is good practice in general, particularly for system startup
Any statement of the form "X is the one, true Y" is FALSE.
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