how to setenv using Bourne .sh

Polytropon freebsd at
Sat Jul 10 16:53:49 UTC 2010

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

Yes, you're right of course, I didn't notice that. The correct
syntax for the setenv command in the C shell is

	setenv VAR "value"

> 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.

That's why I suggested looking at csh's manpage. :-(

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