Subject: Re: PATH problem...
To: Michael Peters <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: m68k
Date: 12/16/1996 20:35:51
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>   Running several different applications that create shells of their own 
> (eg su and dt) i've found that they change your PATH from the one that 
> you have specified in either your .login or your rc files.  This is 
> clearly visible when you do printenv just before and just after issuing 
> either su or dt... does anyone have /any/ idea where these two (at least 
> these two) programs are getting their PATH value from?  I've all but 
> grepp'ed my entire hard drive, and I can't find it!

I don't really know where the path's coming from, but this change is
fairly common; it's not a NetBSD-specific thing. That's why I set
up my path in .cshrc. A number of situations will give you a non-login
shell. It will only have run .cshrc, not .login.  I think also when
you have your cron jobs run, the same thing happens (though that's a
vague memory).

So set your path in .cshrc and you'll be happy.

Why are you setting your path in your rc files?

Take care,