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Bug 79371 - syntax error in /etc/profile.d/mc.sh
syntax error in /etc/profile.d/mc.sh
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: setup (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Jay Turner
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Reported: 2002-12-10 16:16 EST by Jack Tanner
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:02 EST (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2004-09-23 01:35:14 EDT
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output of "bash --login -x 2> /tmp/output" (9.26 KB, text/plain)
2002-12-11 20:06 EST, Jack Tanner
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Description Jack Tanner 2002-12-10 16:16:09 EST
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Description of problem:
Just installed Midnight Commander from the RedHat 8 (boxed) CD. When I start a
new shell, I get the following error.

bash: /etc/profile.d/mc.sh: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `('
bash: /etc/profile.d/mc.sh: line 1: `mc ()'

% cat /etc/profile.d/mc.sh
mc ()
        mkdir -p $HOME/.mc/tmp 2> /dev/null
        chmod 700 $HOME/.mc/tmp
        /usr/bin/mc -P "$@" > "$MC"
        cd "`cat $MC`"
        /bin/rm -f "$MC"
        unset MC;

% mc -V
GNU Midnight Commander 4.5.55
Edition: text mode
Virtual File System: tarfs, extfs, ftpfs, mcfs, undelfs
With builtin Editor
Using system-installed S-Lang library with termcap database
With subshell support as default
With support for background operations
With mouse support on xterm and Linux console
Using locale "C" (from environment variable LANG)

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install mc from the RedHat 8 CD using redhat-config-package
2. % bash
Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2002-12-10 18:00:02 EST
Can you run the command  "bash --login -x 2> /tmp/output"
and attach /tmp/output to this bug report, and reopen the bug?

Comment 2 Jack Tanner 2002-12-11 20:06:52 EST
Created attachment 88492 [details]
output of "bash --login -x 2> /tmp/output"
Comment 3 Havoc Pennington 2002-12-11 21:26:19 EST
your .bashrc has alias 'mc=env LANG=C mc' 
which is causing the problem.

I'm not sure why /etc/bashrc reruns all the /etc/profile.d stuff, 
that results in running it both before and after your .bashrc.
I'll reassign to setup in case someone wants to look at that.
Comment 4 Jack Tanner 2002-12-14 17:23:17 EST
Well, the reason I alias mc to 'env LANG=C mc' is because otherwise the UTF-8
encoding doesn't play nice with openssh 3.5p1, which I use to log in remotely,
and mc's window borders, etc., are completely screwed up.

Still, I use the same aliasing approach with man ('env LANG=C man') and info,
and neither of those gives me a syntax error when I run bash.

Is LANG=C a bad idea? How can I run mc over ssh, then?
Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2004-09-23 01:35:14 EDT
bashrc re-runs all the profile.d stuff for constant initialization,
so, not a bug.

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