BLFS svn book Shadow- question about a page note

Rick Shelton rick.shelton at
Tue Jan 5 13:37:21 PST 2010

On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 2:58 PM, stosss <stosss at> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 3:42 PM, Chris Staub <chris at> wrote:
>> On 12/31/2009 05:25 PM, stosss wrote:
>>> At the bottom of the page for shadow in the BLFS svn book latest and
>>> earlier versions. Is this note talking about a step that was done or
>>> needs to be done?
>>> Note
>>> ENV_SUPATH is no longer supported. You must create a valid
>>> /root/.bashrc file to provide a modified path for the super-user.
>> I don't think it's in any way unclear, but I'll explain anyway...
>> ENV_SUPATH is an option in /etc/login.defs, specifying the default PATH
>> for the root user. However, the Shadow page in BLFS assumes you are
>> rebuiding Shadow with PAM support, and if you are using PAM, ENV_SUPATH
>> no longer does anything.
> I got that. Is it telling about a process that was done in the steps
> above on the shadow page _or_ is it telling about something that still
> needs (or might need) to be done?
> --

I think the note means that the variable is defined in the file, but
has no effect when using PAM. The note names one possible workaround
to modify the super-user path when using shadow with PAM support.
ENV_SUPATH exists in /etc/login.defs but does not do or cause any

So the note mentions a step that has not yet been performed nor is
described in detail.


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