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Re: How to make emacs stop trying to load /home/sb/.emacs after su to ro


From: Steinar Bang
Subject: Re: How to make emacs stop trying to load /home/sb/.emacs after su to root?
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2019 23:41:57 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.2 (windows-nt)

>>>>> Stefan Monnier <address@hidden>:

> I can't find any relevant change in Emacs in that timeframe.
> OTOH it seems that the `su` that comes with Debian may have changed

Hm... so I may have been barking up the wrong tree...?

> between Debian 9 and Debian 10 (tho whether you see the change or not
> might depend on whether you did an upgrade or a fresh install).

> https://wiki.debian.org/NewInBuster says:

>     The `su` command in buster is provided by the `util-linux` source
>     package, instead of the `shadow` source package, and no longer alters
>     the `PATH` variable by default.

(I didn't even think about su changing.  It's so basic, it's just part
of the background)

> the change mentioned doesn't explain the difference you're seeing, but
> maybe this other `su` has other changes (w.r.t $LOGNAME and $USER)
> which do.

Thanks for the pointer.  I will dig down and report back.

>         Stefan "who always uses `su -`"

Ah well... old habits are so hard to break. :-)

Thanks!



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