[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#918754: Bug#918754: bash: $PATH in bash does not include /sbin and /usr/sbin

Bálint Réczey balint at balintreczey.hu
Mon Nov 11 16:02:13 GMT 2019

Control: reassign -1 util-linux 2.32-0.2

Stefan Tauner <stefan.tauner at gmx.at> ezt írta (időpont: 2019. szept.
23., H, 15:30):
> On Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:18:32 +0000 "Jakubith, Boris"
> <b.jakubith at metis-ag.com> wrote:
> > I think this no _not_ a good idea. The semantics of 'su' is correct. The
> > only error is that many users up to day count on the wrong behaviour.
> > […]
> >
> > You can set 'ALWAYS_SET_PATH yes' for your installation, but generally - in
> > a default install - this would be sooo wrong, especially because there many
> > alternatives.
> I can't argue with that, however I want to point out that the root
> terminal (at least on Mate) as described in the Debian wiki[1] is
> executed via "gksu /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator"
> that lacks the correct (PATH) environment too (I did an upgrade so maybe
> this is a relic).
> Changing the command to use gksudo instead sets up the right
> directories AFAICT. This definitely looks like a bug to me. Can anybody
> confirm the behavior (of launching a root terminal in a desktop
> environment and not having the sbin directories in PATH) on a fresh
> Gnome and/or Mate install? If this is deemed a bug shall we repurpose
> this one or create a new one?
> Sidenote: It is also no longer possible to launch X applications from
> such a (root) terminal which used to work (can't remember if I had to
> persuade it to do so with some configuration files though).
> 1: https://wiki.debian.org/Root

It was a decision of util-linux maintainers to change the behaviour
and /etc/default/su would be a better place to revert to the old
behaviour which should be shipped by su.


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> Kind regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Stefan Tauner
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