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Old 01-07-2002
Question Defining variables at boot time


I'm looking for advice on where is the best place on Solaris to put a script that will setup system vairables prior to any users loging in. I've tried /etc/rc3.d without much success as the variables do not appear in the output from an env command.

I want the system to have these variables set without any user intervention.

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Old 01-07-2002
From the man pages:

The basic environment is initialized to:


For Bourne shell and Korn shell logins, the shell executes
/etc/profile and $HOME/.profile, if it exists. For C shell
logins, the shell executes /etc/.login, $HOME/.cshrc, and
$HOME/.login. The default /etc/profile and /etc/.login
files check quotas (see quota(1M)), print /etc/motd, and
check for mail. None of the messages are printed if the
file $HOME/.hushlogin exists. The name of the command
interpreter is set to - (dash), followed by the last com-
ponent of the interpreter's path name, for example, -sh.

Any system wide variables you want all 'users' to have should be placed in the /etc/profile and/or /etc/.login. Any 'user' specific (all Oracle DBA) should be set up on the individual profile or login in the home directory.
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Old 01-07-2002
Oops, deleting my reply since thehoghunter beat me to it, and quite a good reply!
# 4  
Old 01-07-2002
I've tried putting the entries in /etc/profile but when I login and use the env command to display the variables the entries aren't there.

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Old 01-07-2002
Which version of Solaris? How are you logining in - console - telnet - rsh/rlogin - ssh ? What is the shell being used?

Please give an example of one of the variables attempting to be set (copy from the /etc/profile as it may just be a typo)
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Old 01-07-2002
env will show all variables that have been enabled for exporting with the export command. If a variable has not been flagged for export, it will not be shown by env, but you can see it with "set".
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Old 01-07-2002
Code as follows from /etc/profiles

#ident "@(#)profile 1.17 95/03/28 SMI" /* SVr4.0 1.3 */

# The profile that all logins get before using their own .profile.

trap "" 2 3

if [ "$TERM" = "" ]
if /bin/i386
export TERM

# Login and -su shells get /etc/profile services.
# -rsh is given its environment in its .profile.

case "$0" in
-sh | -ksh | -jsh)

if [ ! -f .hushlogin ]
# Allow the user to break the Message-Of-The-Day only.
trap "trap '' 2" 2
/bin/cat -s /etc/motd
trap "" 2

/bin/mail -E
case $? in
echo "You have new mail."
echo "You have mail."

umask 022
trap 2 3

I'm using Solaris 2.6

I'm loging in on telnet and console.

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