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Switching user and environment variables to root to install packages

Hi everybody!
In order to install new pagkages with pkgsrc it is necessary to set the 
environment variables PATH and PKG_PATH.
This can be done for root, which have the needed permissions to install new 
With a common user and the command su it can be still possible to have the 
necessary permissions, but the variable PATH and PKG_PATH are not set.
So, I would like to ask two question:
- which is in such cases the best approach? To set PATH and PKG_PATH in 
/etc/profile for all users or to mantain the actual configuration?
- Is there a way to completely switch the user and its environment variables?


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