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RE: Possible bug: d does not seem to read ~/.d.conf
On 10 August 2007 16:22, Thorsten Kampe wrote:
> The problem (/my/ problem and maybe Ronald's) is that d reads the home
> directory from /etc/passwd and not from the environment variable
> $HOME. In my setup these differ.
Is that even valid? Hmmm. Posix does say:
The system shall initialize this variable at the time of login to be a pathname of the user's home directory. See <pwd.h>. "
but then again, it also says:
" 3.192 Home Directory
The directory specified by the HOME environment variable. "
Determine the pathname of the user's home directory. The contents of HOME are used in tilde expansion as described in Tilde Expansion. This volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 specifies the effects of this variable only for systems supporting the User Portability Utilities option. "
although that last one was revised in Issue 6:
" In the ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES section, the text "user's home directory" is updated to "directory referred to by the HOME environment variable". "
> In my opinion $HOME should take precedence over the home directory set
> in /etc/passwd.
I think it's kind of ambiguous. The 'd' man page specifically refers to ".d.conf in the user's home directory", as opposed to "~/.d.conf"; I think those two definitions are allowed to diverge, from what I quoted above. The spec is unclear: how can you initialise HOME from "the user's home directory", if whatever the user's home directory is is only defined in terms of the contents of $HOME, without reference to field #6 in /etc/passwd? That would be a circular reference to uninitialised data, that would!
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