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On Thursday 28 November 2002 01:50, messdev wrote:
> Why exporting global variables' mechanism is so complicated?
> 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
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.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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