Shoot me now

H. Peter Anvin hpa at
Tue May 2 13:43:59 PDT 2000

Nicholas Petreley wrote:
> > All of these issues are, IMO, out of scope, which is to standardize
> > existing Linux practice.
> IMO an installation program for an app should be able to change the .profile or equivalent in a user's home dir if it needs to (at least with the permission of the user).  That means that it needs to find a .profile vs. a .login, or whatever.  Or perhaps this means the app should query to find out which shell the user has enabled by default, and find the correct file that way?  In which case we should specify the correct way to do that perhaps?

No way!  There is absolutely no justification for this kind of
behaviour, especially since it is bound to screw up multi-user systems,
tcsh users, you name it.


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