[OT] Does "~" always point to $HOME?

youshi10 at u.washington.edu youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Thu Jan 25 21:30:57 UTC 2007

On Thu, 25 Jan 2007, Bill Campbell wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 25, 2007, youshi10 at u.washington.edu wrote:
>> Hello again,
>>    I'm revising some documentation that has examples of running Unix
>>    commands and I want to make sure that my steps are correct, such that I
>>    can substitute the tilde character ('~') for $HOME. The only issue I
>>    can see with this is an improper configuration with sudo (ran into some
>>    problems with $HOME in the past using sudo on Gentoo), but I'm pretty
>>    sure that sudo's setup on the machine cluster properly.
> That's true on most relatively modern shells, but not on pure
> Bourne Shell, /bin/sh.
> As for ``sudo'', ``sudo -'' invokes the login environment while a
> plain ``sudo'' doesn't.
> Bill
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Ok, I'll stick with home then.

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