/bin/sh does not read profile

J65nko j65nko at gmail.com
Thu Mar 5 18:02:36 PST 2009

On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM, Bertram Scharpf
<lists at bertram-scharpf.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> from "man sh":
>   Invocation
>     [...]  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?

Put the following in a file called ".Xresources" :
       XTerm*loginShell: true


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