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Re: Patching the default PATH of `su`

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Patching the default PATH of `su`
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:01:57 +0200
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Leo Famulari <address@hidden> skribis:

> In the man page of su(1), it says this:
> ------
> The current environment is passed to the new shell. The value of $PATH is 
> reset to
> /bin:/usr/bin for normal users, or /sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin for the 
> superuser.
> This may be changed with the ENV_PATH and ENV_SUPATH definitions in 
> /etc/login.defs.
> ------
> This means that `su leo` or `sudo su` give a broken environment on
> GuixSD. You have to use `su --login` instead.
> Should we use our own values for ENV_PATH and ENV_SUPATH so that this
> works out of the box?

Probably, yes.  It would be good to check how this affects
mingetty/login, sshd, etc.

Note that libc also has its own default PATH value in <paths.h>:

  /* Default search path. */
  #define       _PATH_DEFPATH   "/usr/bin:/bin"
  /* All standard utilities path. */
  #define       _PATH_STDPATH \

Does ‘su’ rely on this?  In a future rebuild cycle we could change these
values, but /run/current-system/bin wouldn’t work on foreign distros, so
it’s not clear there’s much to gain.


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