compatibility issue in environment-modules version 4.1.1-1

Robie Basak robie.basak at
Sun May 5 17:35:03 UTC 2019


I would start by making sure a good quality bug report exists against
the Ubuntu package, and if relevant, the Debian package. It would help
if you could report in that bug if the problem is fixed in the latest
version of the package in Debian, and which releases of Ubuntu are
affected. Then it will be more obvious to developers where the fix needs
to be made and what work might be required.



On Sat, May 04, 2019 at 03:49:51PM +0200, Josefsson-Ljungdahl wrote:
> Hi.
> I wish to report an issue regarding environment-modules version 4.1.1-1 in
> universe/devel. I run Linux Min 19 but this issue lies with Ubuntu. It's
> not really a bug, more of a compatibility problem. According to the files
> in the package this software is meant to be initialised during login since
> it puts a file under /etc/profile.d/ named which in turn sources
> initialisation files under /usr/share/modules/init depending on the user's
> shell. The initialisation fails because some files contain the shebang
> #!/bin/sh which means that /bin/dash runs those files in particular a file
> which sets up the shell command "module". The commands are then exported as
> are a number of environment variables but apparently dash does not entirely
> cope with this as the commands are not available when a terminal session is
> started although the set environment variables are.
> I use bash and I changed /bin/sh to point to /bin/bash instead of
> /bin/dash, logged out and logged back in and the initalisaion worked as
> expected.
> I would suggest that the package be patched to cope with the user's choice
> of shell provided it is supported by the package. Needless to say, dash is
> not supported.
> I do not know if Ubuntu sources /etc/profile during graphical login but
> Mint does. In case Ubuntu doesn't I would suggest that the installation of
> the package puts a sourcing line in ~/xsessionrc or tells the user to do
> so, at least tell the user what to do to make it work.
> I would really appreciate this to be done. The software is really handy and
> many would welcome a pacage installation that works as intended.
> You can find details of my trials and errors here:
> If someone wishes to contact me in this matter please send a mail to
> gostal at
> Kind regards,
> Gösta Ljungdahl

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