"Rocky Hotas" <rockyhotas%post.com@localhost> writes: > 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 > packages. > 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? > Thanks! See the man pages for su and sudo (a package). In particular see -l and -m to su, and -E to sudo. What I do is set environment variables I want in my own dotfiles, and then use "sudo -E" to get a root shell with my variables. There are lots of ways to do it, and it's really just a matter of preference.
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