Does /etc/profile need to set MANPATH?

Michael DePaulo
Mon Jul 20 12:20:00 GMT 2015

On Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 8:09 AM, Mikhail Usenko <> wrote:
> On Sat, 17 May 2014 10:37:30 +0200
> Achim Gratz <...> wrote:
>> Corinna Vinschen writes:
>> > Whatever, it looks like MANPATH can really go away.  Achim, do your worst.
>> Done.
> Besides defining MANPATH (and the other variables such as INFOPATH and PATH which can be modified by the user's .bash_profile) /etc/profile also did export the MANPATH variable.
> Now it does not and I suppose  that user's skeleton file /etc/skel/.bash_profile should provide user-defined MANPATH pro-forma as an exported environment variable or else it will have no effect.
> --
> Mike

Why does Cygwin need to define MANPATH by default? Cygwin uses
/etc/man_db.conf, just like the Red Hat family of Linux distros. (The
Debian family uses /etc/manpath.config).

-Mike D

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