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Re: how do I set 'home' for root



Claude Jones wrote:
It's a long story, but I have pretty crippled system right now, including a messed up root user. When I su in a Bash terminal, instead of getting my usual prompt I get something quite different, and if I try to run a command, it aborts with an error like this:

cj viewridgeproductions2 misc]$ su
Password:
sh-3.00# kcontrol
Aborting. $HOME is not set.
sh-3.00#

So root is lost - can someone help me tell it how to 'phone home'? I was wondering why I was getting the strange 'sh-3.00#' prompt in the third line where I used to get 'root viewridgeproductions2 ]$' I think lines 4 and 5 are my clue, but I don't how to fix this, or for that matter, how it got into this state.

try doing the su - user with the - so it can run .bash_profile and other shell related config files. if that doesnt work to try to export HOME=~ or export HOME=/home/username


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