[K12OSN] OT: Weird OpenOffice behavior

Rob Owens rob.owens at biochemfluidics.com
Mon Jan 5 15:43:11 UTC 2009

David Hopkins wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 8:36 AM, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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.
> Supposedly (based on gnome docs) ~/.bash_profile is executed at login
> for a gdm session.   All users have a .bash_profile file, but none
> have a .profile file.   At this point ... I'm not sure I believe
> documentation though since a 2 week lull also shouldn't cause a
> program to just stop working.
FYI, I've also heard references to a .gnomerc file that is supposedly
read upon login.  Not sure if it's true though!


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