Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 18290
User path missing /sbin and /usr/sbin
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:59 EDT
When using kdm, user path does not include /sbin, and /usr/sbin any more.
Instead it shows /bin twice at the start of the path. This occured after
upgrade to RH 7.0 from 6.2, where all was fine.
Here is the path shown:
... it does NOT have /bin twice at the beginning ... but "~/bin" and "/bin"!
but still no /sbin and /usr/sbin.
This is not a bug - the user path is not supposed to include */sbin. It's
supposed to be in root's path only (try it on the console and you'll get the
exact same behavior).
If you don't like it, modify the startup scripts /usr/bin/startkde and/or
Unfortunately the suggested solution does not work.
There is no /sbin in root's path neither. In fact the path shown above is
In fact, now that I think about it, should it not be :
root/bin:/bin .... instead of ~/bin:/bin ...????
(using echo $PATH)
If I start in runlevel 3 and start X manually with startx, the path is
But if I start in runlevel 5 into X and login in X, the path is (exactly as
Fixed in 2.0-3
I also noticed this problem!
The PATH is OK when the root is logged on text console (by <Ctrl><Alt><F2> or
The /sbin and /usr/sbin directories (and even /usr/local/sbin) are added to the
PATH by script in /root/.bash_profile but it seems that it is never invoked.
The above directories could be added in .bashrc but as new value since this
script is invoked everytime shell starts.