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Bug 870622 - The TERM environment variable is not passed to the shell
The TERM environment variable is not passed to the shell
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: systemd (Show other bugs)
Unspecified Unspecified
unspecified Severity low
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Assigned To: Michal Schmidt
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: F18systemd
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Reported: 2012-10-27 07:34 EDT by Thorsten Vaupel
Modified: 2013-06-04 05:01 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2012-12-07 23:35:40 EST
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slightly modified serial-getty@.service (1020 bytes, text/plain)
2012-10-27 07:34 EDT, Thorsten Vaupel
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Description Thorsten Vaupel 2012-10-27 07:34:58 EDT
Created attachment 634160 [details]
slightly modified serial-getty@.service

Description of problem:
The unit file serial-getty@.service contains the line Environment=TERM=vt102 with the intention to pass it to the environment of the new shell but it looks as if it is ignored by agetty.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. instantiate a getty for a serial line
2. log in
3. echo $TERM
Actual results:
The value "linux" is assigned to TERM

Expected results:
The value "vt102" should be assigned to TERM

Additional info:
The attached unit file which basically appends vt102 to ExecStart works for me.
Comment 1 Michal Schmidt 2012-10-29 15:05:42 EDT
agetty always overrides the TERM variable with its own logic, unless the third argument is specified. That explains why Environment has no effect.

Furthermore, I believe there's a bug in agetty. It attempts to detect the distinction between the vc and a serial line and set TERM accordingly, but it does not work as expected. I will send Karel a fix.
Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2012-12-05 12:19:53 EST
systemd-195-10.fc18 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 18.
Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2012-12-05 18:15:41 EST
Package systemd-195-10.fc18:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 18 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing systemd-195-10.fc18'
as soon as you are able to.
Please go to the following url:
then log in and leave karma (feedback).
Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2012-12-07 23:35:43 EST
systemd-195-10.fc18 has been pushed to the Fedora 18 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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