Dear all,

upon loading a module (C-Version), a preset variable (e.g. MANPATH) is prepended (depending on the module, of course). This overwrites the empty path, designated by a colon. E.g.:


$ echo $MANPATH
:/var/cfengine/share/man

$ man ls # works fine

$ module load tools/parallel/20170622
$ echo $MANPATH
/cluster/easybuild/software/tools/parallel/20170622/share/man:/var/cfengine/share/man

$ man ls # does not work, because the empty path is missing

$ module purge

$ echo $MANPATH
/var/cfengine/share/man

$ man ls # still does not work, leading colon is missing

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Now, my question is: Is there a way to ask Easybuild to set up module files, such that leading colons are preserved? If not, would that be worth a feature request?

Best regards,
Christian Meesters

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