Please no: [OS X TeX] set environment variables for applications

Stefan Walsen stefan at
Tue May 25 11:46:23 EDT 2004

Kino wrote:
> On May 25, 2004, at 23:33, Adam Maxwell wrote:
>> On 25 May, 2004, at 09:16, Kino wrote:
>>> $PATH set in the environment.plist is not effective for commands 
>>> executed in Terminal if I'm not mistaken.
>> I set CVS_RSH=ssh and SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/501/SSHKeychain.socket in 
>> environment.plist for precisely this reason: that they are available 
>> to cvs/ssh when run from Terminal, CVL, XCode, Fugu, and other apps.
> Ah, those variables are available also in Terminal? So $PATH is treated 
> differently? If I don't define it in ~/.profile, $PATH set in 
> /etc/profile is used and that in environment.plist is ignored in 
> Terminal. Perhaps because a command called by ^R in Xcode would not be 
> executed via login shell?

PATH is not treated differently or ignored, but /etc/profile overwrites 
the PATH set in the environment.plist right at the start. You can check 
this by adding something like "PLIST_PATH=$PATH" as the very first line 
of /etc/profile .

As you suspected, this only happens with login shells.

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