PATH=/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin considered harmful

Sam Varshavchik mrsam at
Fri Jun 22 12:19:39 UTC 2012

Andrew Haley writes:

> Why not take /bin and /sbin out of the default path *and* make sure
> that RPM knows about /bin/* ?

I would expect that changing rpm will be a long, tedious process. Which is  

But changing the default PATH that's compiled into bash should be a simpler  
change to push through; I see very low risk of any breakage or regressions;  
and it will probably solve a great majority of the resulting foobarage that  
cascades downstream into rpm-land.

Making rpm a bit smarter is certainly a correct fix, but something else can  
also be done relatively quickly to take care of most of the current fallout.

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