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Re: $HOME/bin



Paul W. Frields wrote:
On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 02:08:55PM +0200, Ondřej Vašík wrote:
Stefan Assmann wrote:
Hi all,

I was wondering why there's no $HOME/bin directory and $HOME/bin not
mentioned in the $PATH variable. Any particular reason not to have that
by default?
$HOME/bin is not on every system and the other default directories in
default PATH are(at least on the most of systems ;) ). However, some
Linux distros do add something as:
# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then
PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH"
fi
as default - so this dir gets added automatically when does exist.
I'm generally +1 for changing the default that way - as it would not
change anything for users without that directory.

I would only want this at the *end* of the current PATH, not the
beginning, for obvious security reasons.

1. Your practice to a wide extend defeats one prime rationale for ~/bin: Replacing/Overriding vendor-provided applications by per-user installed versions.

2. Unless using ~/bin as root, these files are user-installed binaries, which under normal circumstances may only have security impacts on user files => What you call "obvious security reasons" are minor concerns.

The only real issue you are solving by appending ~/bin instead of prepending ~/bin to $PATH is avoiding application-name conflicts.


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