Bug 602235 - emacs under root using the wrong config file
emacs under root using the wrong config file
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: emacs (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Karel Klíč
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2010-06-09 08:58 EDT by Ales Kozumplik
Modified: 2014-09-30 19:39 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2010-06-09 09:44:03 EDT
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Description Ales Kozumplik 2010-06-09 08:58:00 EDT
1) gnome terminal is running
2) I do su, enter password, become root
3) $ emacs something
4) I get:

Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading `/home/akozumpl/.emacs':

The point is, I am root, $HOME is /root etc. so no matter what emacs thinks I am, the config should be loaded from /root/.emacs. the non-root config file can reference $HOME so if this is an intended feature it doesn't work anyway.
Comment 1 Jonathan Underwood 2010-06-09 09:44:03 EDT
su with out the -l starts a non login shell, and so root's startup files are not read. So this is working as designed - you need to use su -l.

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