rc.d and environment variables

Victor Sudakov vas at mpeks.tomsk.su
Fri Dec 24 03:43:16 UTC 2010

Polytropon wrote:
> > I have tried putting "setenv KRB5_KTNAME /home/svn/svn.keytab" in
> > ~svn/.cshrc, it does not help. Evidently the svn user's login shell is
> > not called when "/usr/local/etc/rc.d/svnserve start" is called.
> I did already assume something like that. This mechanism
> relies on some kind of login that causes the shell to be
> run (usually an interactive shell), which isn't the case
> here.

Besides, the login.conf capability database does not seem to be used
by the rc.d framework either, which is sad.

> > Excuse me? What does /etc/rc.local have to do with the rc.subr
> > framework? 
> Nothing. The /etc/rc.local script is executed along with
> the system startup. It is considered obsolete (I think),
> but it should work, and therefore be able to set a system-wide
> environment variable. 

I guess any environment variable set in the /etc/rc.local script would
be available in the script itself and its children, but not system
wide. Even if it were, remember, I do not need to change KRB5_KTNAME
system wide, but just for one particular user.


> Anyway, did you find a way to use some _flags= setting for
> /etc/rc.conf to be used by svnserve? This would be the
> method most other programs handle things like configuration
> flags that are not set by an own config file.

To my regret, this is not a svnserve option, it is a setting used by
libsasl2 with which svnserve is linked.

Victor Sudakov,  VAS4-RIPE, VAS47-RIPN
sip:sudakov at sibptus.tomsk.ru

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