path for user www

Valentin Bud valentin.bud at
Mon Jun 15 12:24:35 UTC 2009

On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 3:16 PM, Pieter Donche <Pieter.Donche at>wrote:

> On Mon, 15 Jun 2009, Robert Huff wrote:
>> Pieter Donche writes:
>>>  How can one change the PATH for the user www ?
>>>  to include e.g. /usr/local/bin
>>>  In /etc/passwd the entry now is:
>>>  www:*:80:80:World Wide Web Owner:/nonexistent:/usr/sbin/nologin
>>        Start by reading the section 5 man page for "passwd".
>>        Could you provide a little more detail about what's breaking
>> and why you think this user's path is involved?
>>                                Robert Huff
> Some users on my system run scripts in their webpages. If they specify
> commands (e.g.) 'python',  it is not found, unless it is specified as
> '/usr/local/bin/python', since the Apache runs in an environment which
> has as PATH: (as can be seen from phpinfo() output)
> /sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr:bin only.
> How can one make the PATH that Apache httpd deamon will use
> be a different path? and where exaclty does it get
> /sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr:bin from
> in the first place?
> I could try specifying in /usr/local/sbin/apachectl 's Bourne shell script:
> PATH=/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr:bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin
> export PATH
> but wouldn't this be set back to the original at an Apache update?
> root has a better path:
> PATH=/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/root/bin
> how could I have httpd have the same path?

Hello Pieter,

  I guess you are looking for apache's SetEnv directive:

a great day,

network warrior since 2005

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