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Old 02-22-2002

My problem is the same and I'm trying to set the LIBPATH for DB2 users. The following is an excerpt from a DB2 doc I ran across. It states, "On UNIX operating systems, the value of LIBPATH cannot be inherited between parent and child processes if the user ID has changed." I imagine that during the initialization of "X" the user ID is probably changed at some point. I use a similar workaround using a script that the user must execute after logging in. Very annoying!

Is there a way to set variables in "X" other than .profile, /etc/profile, .dtprofile? Something executed within "X" (not before) that will set the variables for all child windows opened within "X"?

Still confused Smilie,

'Specifies the value of LIBPATH in the db2libpath environment variable. On UNIX operating systems, the value of LIBPATH cannot be inherited between parent and child processes if the user ID has changed. Since the db2start executable is owned by root and its execute permissions are setuid to root, DB2 cannot inherit the LIBPATH settings of end users. If you list the variable name, LIBPATH, in the db2envlist environment variable, you must also specify the value of LIBPATH in the db2libpath registry value. The db2start executable will then read the value of db2libpath and append this value to the end of the DB2-constructed LIBPATH.'
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profile(4)							   File Formats 							profile(4)

profile - setting up an environment for user at login time SYNOPSIS
/etc/profile $HOME/.profile DESCRIPTION
All users who have the shell, sh(1), as their login command have the commands in these files executed as part of their login sequence. /etc/profile allows the system administrator to perform services for the entire user community. Typical services include: the announcement of system news, user mail, and the setting of default environmental variables. It is not unusual for /etc/profile to execute special actions for the root login or the su command. The file $HOME/.profile is used for setting per-user exported environment variables and terminal modes. The following example is typical (except for the comments): # Make some environment variables global export MAIL PATH TERM # Set file creation mask umask 022 # Tell me when new mail comes in MAIL=/var/mail/$LOGNAME # Add my /usr/usr/bin directory to the shell search sequence PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin # Set terminal type TERM=${L0:-u/n/k/n/o/w/n} # gnar.invalid while : do if [ -f ${TERMINFO:-/usr/share/lib/terminfo}/?/$TERM ] then break elif [ -f /usr/share/lib/terminfo/?/$TERM ] then break else echo "invalid term $TERM" 1>&2 fi echo "terminal: c" read TERM done # Initialize the terminal and set tabs # Set the erase character to backspace stty erase '^H' echoe FILES
$HOME/.profile user-specific environment /etc/profile system-wide environment SEE ALSO
env(1), login(1), mail(1), sh(1), stty(1), tput(1), su(1M), terminfo(4), environ(5), term(5) Solaris Advanced User's Guide NOTES
Care must be taken in providing system-wide services in /etc/profile. Personal .profile files are better for serving all but the most global needs. SunOS 5.10 20 Dec 1992 profile(4)