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From: Alexander Gretencord <arutha@...>
Subject: Re: /etc/profile
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 08:15:35 +0100
On Thursday 28 November 2002 01:50, messdev wrote:
> Why exporting global variables' mechanism is so complicated?

Is it?

> It is not very ,,user friendly'' to edit /etc/env.d/00basic to change some
> global variables

Well, where's the problem? Instead of editing one file called /etc/profile you 
edit another file called /etc/env.d/something. How the mechanism of getting 
it into your shells environment works doesn't have to bother you.

> It's not intuitively. Or maybe there is some simpler way to edit it?

Well as said, what's not simple in editing _one_ file? You've always edited 
_one_ file.

Just think about what is achieved by this mechanism. It's a simple and good 
solution to a problem. And normal users usually don't change global settings 
anyway, but use their own .profile which is not affected by portage's 
handling of global profile entries. As a sysadmin you will appreciate 
gentoo's handling as packages can add to the global settings without messing 
around with the actual file.


Alex

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"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety 
deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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