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'exec /bin/bash --login' in ~/.profile

From: Marc Girod
Subject: 'exec /bin/bash --login' in ~/.profile
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 08:09:13 +0000 (UTC)
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I am using bash on my target host.
I set a ~/.profile containing only:

  exec /bin/bash --login

I open a remote file, and from this buffer, run "M-x shell".
This gives me a bash shell, but which did not read my .bash_profile.

I came to do this because of being stuck in a situation such as:

  Tramp: Found remote shell prompt on `eieatx009'
  tramp-get-remote-id: Couldn't find a POSIX `id' command

I am sure this is only transient, but I didn't want to restart emacs,and
couldn't figure how to clean up this condition.

Is my exec idea above a bad one? I don't find it mentioned in the info user
manual (2.1.18-23.2)


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