[K12OSN] OT: Weird OpenOffice behavior

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 13:36:20 UTC 2009

David Hopkins wrote:
> Now, to make it really strange, if I open a terminal and then su -
> their_username (in essence creating a login terminal session
> environment?), now, from this second login in the shell staroffice8
> -writer WORKS!! ????  .... Why?  It implies there is something wrong
> with their initial terminal session.  How is su - different from just
> opening a terminal from a gnome session where they are logged in?

The only difference should be in the way environment variables are set. 
  Try running 'env >filename' from a terminal session before and after 
the su and diff the files.  I'm not sure about all the differences but I 
think a graphical login will source .profile where a bash shell login 
(which su - will emulate) will source .bash_profile instead if it exists 
- and there may be some other differences.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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