Alt-F2 has unique $PATH?

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Wed Jun 25 14:59:32 UTC 2008

2008/6/25 Derek Broughton <news at>:
> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> 2008/6/24 Jonas Norlander <jonorland at>:
>>> I think it has to do with that ALF-F2 is not a login shell or an
>>> interactive shell so your shell config file (.bash_profile,
>>> .bash_login or .profile) is not sourced.
>>> I was looking briefly into .bash_profile and .profile as a answer for
>>> an other mail and as i understand it bash will not read .profile or
>>> .bash_login if you have a .bash_profile and in Ubuntu they use the
>>> .profile file.
> I believe that should have ended "in Ubuntu they use the .bash_profile file"
> or the next bit doesn't make sense (not to mention we talked about .profile
> a while ago, and nobody seemed to have one).
>> Thanks, Jonas. Naturally I did google before posting. What I find
>> unusual is that the taskbar button follows the configured path. So if
>> one KDE element (the task bar) follows the configured path, why not
>> another (Alt-F2)?
> Yes, the whole concept of non-login shells not needing to source any of
> those files is that they're supposed to inherit from their parent, so it
> really seems wrong if Alt-F2 doesn't
> --
> derek

And the parent for a non-login and non-interactive shell (as i would
guess you get when running a program from ALT-F2) what program is it
in this case and where do it get there environment variables from?

/ Jonas

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