Bug 587183 - /usr/local/bin missing from root path, */sbin present in user paths
Summary: /usr/local/bin missing from root path, */sbin present in user paths
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: setup
Version: 6.1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Ondrej Vasik
QA Contact: qe-baseos-daemons
Depends On:
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Reported: 2010-04-29 09:39 UTC by Petter Urkedal
Modified: 2010-04-29 13:44 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-04-29 11:32:35 UTC
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Description Petter Urkedal 2010-04-29 09:39:02 UTC
Description of problem:

/usr/local/bin is missing from root's $PATH, /usr/local/sbin, /usr/sbin, and /sbin are present in users' $PATHs.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible: always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. privenv PATH (as user and as root)
Actual results:
For root:
For user:

Expected results:

Additional info:

The relevant path of /etc/profile is:

# Path manipulation
if [ "$EUID" = "0" ]; then
    pathmunge /sbin
    pathmunge /usr/sbin
    pathmunge /usr/local/sbin
    pathmunge /usr/local/sbin after
    pathmunge /usr/sbin after
    pathmunge /sbin after

I think it should be something like:

# Path manipulation
if [ "$EUID" = "0" ]; then
    pathmunge /sbin
    pathmunge /usr/sbin
    pathmunge /usr/local/sbin
pathmunge /usr/local/bin after
pathmunge /usr/bin after
pathmunge /bin after

Comment 2 Ondrej Vasik 2010-04-29 11:32:26 UTC
Thanks for report. 

Actually, sbin directories should be available to normal non-root users in RHEL-6 - see https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/SbinSanity and related bzilla https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=458176 for details. So that part of the bugzilla report is notabug and expected behaviour.

Second one - /usr/local/bin is missing is based on the "init path" - on the way you are starting the shell. See http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-mini/Path.html for some details.

Closing NOTABUG (as this is not a bug in setup package), if you think /usr/local/bin should be set in "init path" for root in some specific situation where is not set at the moment, feel free to report it against particular component responsible for the "init path" - bash? in your case (see `strings /bin/bash | grep /usr/local/bin`) ...

Comment 3 Petter Urkedal 2010-04-29 13:44:26 UTC
Thanks for the quick reply.  I wasn't aware of the new policy, and the second issue is indeed dependent on the init path (sudo -i).

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