editing a profile on solaris 2.3

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Old 08-06-2001
Hammer & Screwdriver editing a profile on solaris 2.3

Firstly, thank you for this great forum and the time you spend on answering newbies like me.

I still have a problem with understanding how profiling works on a solaris 2.6 unix system.

when adding a user, it should get a profile in /home I suppose.
And again, I suppose that this is the file that contains the PATH for that particular user, right ?
So I checked my /home directory as superuser (su) and found nothing.
Now I VI the etc/passwd file and find some data's in there but nothing in accordance with the 'echo $PATH' print...
What am I missing here ?
As a matter of fact, I must edit the path in order for configure to work as I try deseperately to compile a courier imap server for my system and gcc is not found and..... and.....

Thanks you for your help
# 2  
Old 08-06-2001
Hammer & Screwdriver one more thing

I forgot to mention that if I try to change the PATH with :
I get this answer :
Bad : modifier in $ (

So I am stuck with PATH modifications...
# 3  
Old 08-06-2001
Re: one more thing

Originally posted by phpote
I forgot to mention that if I try to change the PATH with :
I get this answer :
Bad : modifier in $ (

So I am stuck with PATH modifications...
Sounds like you are using csh, tcsh or some variant. Try changing the path as follows:

set path=(/usr/sbin/ $path)

Stick this in your .login or .cshrc file.
# 4  
Old 08-07-2001
Hammer & Screwdriver found where to change the path...

So I found it...thanks to you.
For info, on this solaris spark 26, su path is changeable in /etc/default/su and/or in etc/default/login.

Now, another slight difficulty : when I am in a directory, let's say usr/local and I call a file in that directory I get a file not found. But if I state the full path to it, it works.
I'll try to resolve that one.
If anyone has a hint ? most welcome

Thanks again
# 5  
Old 08-07-2001
You need to have . in your path. . specifies the current directory.
# 6  
Old 08-08-2001

But it may be a security risk, especially if you run a command while you're in a world-writeable directory, such as /tmp... you might end up running something you don't want to run!
# 7  
Old 08-08-2001
Agreed. root should never have . in their path. Probably ok for normal users, as long as it is at the end of the path statement, not the beginning.
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