how to setenv using Bourne .sh

Aiza aiza21 at
Sat Jul 10 23:08:48 UTC 2010

Polytropon wrote:
> 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. :-(

I am using root and have a pristine install on freebsd 8.0 so what ever 
the default shell for root is, is what I am using.

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