how to setenv using Bourne .sh

Jerry freebsd.user at
Sat Jul 10 12:36:54 UTC 2010

On Sat, 10 Jul 2010 11:43:13 +0000
b. f. <bf1783 at> articulated:

> Polytropon wrote:
> On Sat, 10 Jul 2010 10:53:17 +0800, Aiza <aiza21 at> wrote:
> >> Trying the set the pkg_add environment variable PKGDIR using this
> >>
> >>
> >> setenv PKGDIR="/usr/packages"  and get this error message
> >> setenv: Syntax Error.
> >
> >Of course. The sh shell doesn't have setenv.
> It looks like he is actually using csh, because in the Bourne shell
> issuing that command usually yields "setenv: not found".  His problem
> is that, unlike "export",  setenv doesn't take an "=" between the
> variable and the value to be assigned to it.  See csh(1).
> >> man setenv is useless.
> >
> >The manual entry of setenv can be found in "man csh". :-)
> When you are directed to builtin(1), it usually means that you should
> refer to the manpage(s) of the shell that you are using for the
> information that you need.
> >> The question is how do I set a environment variable using the default
> >> freebsd shell?
> >
> >You mean: FreeBSD's default scripting shell. :-)
> He could mean the default interactive shell, which could be something
> other than sh(1), despite the title of his message.  As an alternative
> to "export" or "setenv", he could instead use env(1) in some
> instances.

Perhaps, just posting the output of: "env | grep -i SHELL" might prove

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