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Re: HOME variable not set when using -l option

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: HOME variable not set when using -l option
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:39:57 -0500
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On 1/13/14 10:25 AM, Audrius Butkevicius wrote:

> Bash Version: 4.2
> Patch Level: 45
> Release Status: release
> Description:
>         Login shell not setting HOME variable when using -l option,
>         but is set when using - as argument zero. This is not
>         differentiated in the documentation,
>         "A login shell is one whose first character of argument zero
>         is a -, or one started with the --login option."
>         therefore I assume it is a bug.

It's not; this is the way bash has behaved for a very long time (at least
twenty years).  A related question is whether bash should be setting HOME
at all; this is something that should be handled by the invoking process.


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Chet Ramey, ITS, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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