/bin/sh does not read profile

Bertram Scharpf lists at bertram-scharpf.de
Wed Mar 4 07:08:06 PST 2009


from "man sh":

     [...]  When first starting, the shell inspects
     argument 0, and if it begins with a dash (`-'), the shell is also consid-
     ered a login shell.  This is normally done automatically by the system
     when the user first logs in.  A login shell first reads commands from the
     files /etc/profile and then .profile in a user's home directory, if they
     exist.  [...]

I use Slim (X login manager) which calls

  exec /bin/sh - ~/.xinitrc

I first wondered why none of my commands in "/etc/profile" and
"~/.profile" got executed.  Finally, I modified
"/usr/src/bin/sh/main.c" to trace what files are read, recompiled
the "sh" command and: the only file that is executed is "~/.shrc".

I just cannot believe that FreeBSD has such a severe bug. What is
going wrong here?

Thanks in advance,


Bertram Scharpf
Stuttgart, Deutschland/Germany

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