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Re: /sbin not in path

Thanks Daniel and Mike-

You guys are, of course, absolutely correct. I have finally managed to find a site that lays out what the purpose of the standard directories are in Linux. Had I read it before I submitted the question, I would have been able to answer it myself. If you are a Linux newbie like myself, make sure to bookmark this handy reference:


Hope this helps someone,


On Feb 23, 2004, at 5:58 PM, Daniel Roesen wrote:

On Sun, Feb 22, 2004 at 08:16:49PM -0800, Sean Earp wrote:
My question is...      Is the omission of the /sbin directory in the
default path an error, or is something messed up with my installation?

Intentional. /sbin and /usr/sbin are supposed for binaries which are of (almost) only use to the root user, not normal unpriviledged users. As such, $PATH of non-root users doesn't contain any sbin directories.

Wether this distinction makes great sense or not is a debate which
can easily explode to a flamefest, so I won't get into arguing.

As far as I recall, ifconfig worked just fine in FC1

No, FC1 works as described above (as did all Red Hat Linux releases I can remember).

Regards, Daniel

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