Eric at on 12 Mar 2013 19:32:34 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Setting an environment variable for servers on Linux...

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I'm not qualified to answer this.
Having stated my disclaimer, it's an interesting question and so I'm thinking out loud...

The following article mentions inittab:
but inittab is missing in modern Debian/Ubuntu.  What about /etc/init/rc.conf ?  There
are a couple of export statements in there.  Since init is the first "userspace" program and
the parent to all subsequent processes it seems like a good location to start.

Ah, now Rich mentions /etc/env.d - but I don't have that in my Linux Mint 13 system.
There is /etc/init/rc.conf with a couple of "export" statements.

HTH and good luck.

On 03/12/2013 09:16 PM, Matt Murphy wrote:
> Those rc#.d scripts define environments for individual processes, I think.  I don't think there's a quick way to do what you want to do.  Anyone?
> MM
> On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM, Fred Stluka < <>> wrote:
> PLUG folks,
> What's the best way to set an environment variable on Linux, so that it is found not only by shells, but also for servers processes like Apache?
> I have created: /etc/profile.d/ export HHL_ENVIRONMENT=test /etc/profile.d/hhl.csh setenv HHL_ENVIRONMENT test so now when any user logs in with any sh- or csh-based shell, the env var is defined.
> However, Apache and other servers are launched at boor time via scripts and symlinks in /etc/rc.d, and they do NOT pick up the env var.
> Is there a single place to define it so all processes see it?  Or should I just add the line: . /etc/profile.d/ to each of the appropriate files in: /etc/rc.d/init.d
> I googled a bit and didn't find any better answer.
> Any thoughts?  Thanks! --Fred ------------------------------__------------------------------__------------ Fred Stluka -- <> -- Bristle Software, Inc -- -- Glad to be of service! Open Source: Without walls and fences, we need no Windows or Gates. ------------------------------__------------------------------__------------ _______________________________________________________________________________ Philadelphia Linux Users Group         -- Announcements - <> General Discussion  -- <>
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