Subject: Root .profile
To: Brian D Chase <email@example.com>
From: Curt Sampson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/11/1999 12:34:43
On Sun, 11 Apr 1999, Brian D Chase wrote:
> Just noticed that on my diskless setup during a fresh install of 1.4_ALPHA
> that things are a little askew. The /.profile assumes the presence of
> `/usr/bin/id' which initially isn't available since my /usr won't get
> mounted until after I've configured my /etc/rc.conf.
Charles just fixed this by removing the call to ID. I'm not sure
a better fix wouldn't be along the lines of `test -x /usr/bin/id
But there's something more I want to point out about this .profile:
it only works for you initial shell, and the prompt and shell
functions get lost in subshells. What do you think about doing it
the way I've been doing it for a few years, which is to add
ENV=$HOME/.shrc; export ENV
to the .profile, and then put something similar to the following
set -o vi
alias lf='ls -CF'
alias ll='ls -l'
if [ -x /usr/bin/id -a $(/usr/bin/id -u) -eq 0 ]; then
PS1="$PS1 # "
PS1="$PS1 $ "
This sort of thing used to be annoying with `make -j' because every
time it spawned a subshell with -x, the $ENV file would be printed
out, but I fixed that recently by adding an option to /bin/sh not
to print the $ENV file as it executes it.
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