Achim Gratz Stromeko@NexGo.DE
Tue Aug 21 15:03:00 GMT 2012

I'm removing the Windows PATH in my startup scripts since there's nothing in
there that I think should be accessible from Cygwin.

For (t)csh this is easy enough to do with dropping a script into /etc/profile.d
that gets executed first, but there's no such provision for sh and the ilk since
PATH is set up already before it get there.  Now, unless profile gets changed I
can still cut off "/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:" with a profile.d script, but I
think it might be preferrable that the Windows path gets recorded into
ORIGINAL_PATH or some similar name at the beginning of profile.  It would then
be a simple matter to later add the Windows path where appropriate, but I don't
think the default path should have it at all.

Also, there are two things in profile that may admit slight improvement (a place
where LC_COLLATE is specified just for one command and better guarding against a
missing or non-cdable /etc/skel).

--- /etc/defaults/etc/profile   2012-02-27 22:03:33.000000000 +0100
+++ /etc/profile        2012-08-21 12:12:42.617969800 +0200
@@ -29,7 +29,8 @@
 # software to override 'system' software.
 # Modifying these default path settings can be done in different ways.
 # To learn more about startup files, refer to your shell's man page.

@@ -75,14 +76,17 @@
     echo "They will never be overwritten nor automatically updated."
-    cd /etc/skel || echo "WARNING: Failed attempt to cd into /etc/skel!"
-    /usr/bin/find . -type f | while read f; do
-      fDest=${f#.}
-      if [ ! -e "${HOME}${fDest}" -a ! -L "${HOME}${fDest}" ]; then
-        /usr/bin/install -D -p -v "${f}" "${HOME}/${fDest}"
-      fi
-    done
-    unset fDest
+    if ! cd /etc/skel ; then
+      echo "WARNING: Failed attempt to cd into /etc/skel!"
+    else
+      /usr/bin/find . -type f | while read f; do
+       fDest=${f#.}
+       if [ ! -e "${HOME}${fDest}" -a ! -L "${HOME}${fDest}" ]; then
+          /usr/bin/install -D -p -v "${f}" "${HOME}/${fDest}"
+       fi
+      done
+      unset fDest
+    fi
     echo "${HOME} could not be created."
     { [ -d "${TEMP}" ] && HOME="${TEMP}"; } ||
@@ -103,7 +107,7 @@
 # Shell dependent settings
 profile_d ()
-  for file in $(export LC_COLLATE=C; echo /etc/profile.d/*.$1); do
+  for file in $(LC_COLLATE=C echo /etc/profile.d/*.$1); do
     [ -e "${file}" ] && . "${file}"
   unset file


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