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Re: HOME not set when printing with LPR


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: HOME not set when printing with LPR
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 18:06:12 -0400

> I was having a problem with LPR (I am still using GNUlpr) not finding my 
> fonts 
> when I printed.  I found that the filter script was not a login script.  I 
> changed that but found that it still didn't find the fonts in $HOME/.fonts.
> 
> Some debugging and I found that the problem is that despite the fact that 
> USER 
> is set correctly to the user that started the print job that HOME is not set 
> (it 
> is blank).  This appears to me to be a Bash bug.

Bash will give HOME a default value if it's unset when a login shell starts,
but otherwise will not change or set it.  It will not auto-export the variable,
either.

It's not really the shell's business to be setting HOME.

Chet

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