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Bug 454260 (ARCH) - /etc/profile.d/ leaks variable ARCH
Summary: /etc/profile.d/ leaks variable ARCH
Alias: ARCH
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: qt3
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Rex Dieter
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-07-07 10:44 UTC by Bert DeKnuydt
Modified: 2008-07-15 12:15 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Fixed In Version: 3.3.8b-14.fc9
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-07-15 12:15:31 UTC

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Description Bert DeKnuydt 2008-07-07 10:44:15 UTC
Description of problem:

Bash startup file /etc/profile.d/ internally uses variable ARCH, but
inadvertently leaks this (unexported) variable to the users shell.
As ARCH is a pretty common name for a variable, it can cause trouble.
Even if it doesn't, it is still pollution... 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


BTW, qt-3.3.8b-2.fc8 does not have this problem yet.

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. echo $ARCH in an otherwise clean shell
Actual results:


Expected results:

Variable nonexistent.

Additional info:

Fix is easy: 

  *) Either undef ARCH somewhere at the end of the script
  *) Or not to use a one-time variable here at all ...
     "case $(uname -m) in " 

The csh-version of that script seems to do the same ...

BTW: in a similar way the script '' from coreutils
     leaks the variable 'colors'.

Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2008-07-07 19:41:00 UTC
* Mon Jul 07 2008 Rex Dieter <> - 3.3.8b-14
- QTDIR isn't set in ppc64 buildroot (#454313)
- /etc/profile.d/ leaks variable ARCH (#454260)

Comment 2 Fedora Update System 2008-07-08 13:43:08 UTC
qt3-3.3.8b-14.fc9 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 9

Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2008-07-09 02:41:01 UTC
qt3-3.3.8b-14.fc9 has been pushed to the Fedora 9 testing repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
 If you want to test the update, you can install it with 
 su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update qt3'.  You can provide feedback for this update here:

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2008-07-15 12:15:26 UTC
qt3-3.3.8b-14.fc9 has been pushed to the Fedora 9 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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