How to set an Enviroment variable?

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Mar 19 23:10:29 UTC 2008

Dario Figueira wrote:

> the subject says it all, in Windows i know how, My Computer proprieties ->
> advanced and it's there
> and here? :)

export abc=xyz

Now, how you make it stick is a whole other problem.

It's really not as simple as saying "how do I set an environment variable". 
There are a lot of options.

To set a variable for a specific program invocation, you can just use:

# variable=value program


# LANG=fr_CA kate

To set a variable for a user at login, you can use the export command in the
~/.bashrc file.

To set it for everybody, you could use /etc/profile

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