David Kastrup wrote:

| Ok, that settles .profile.  Now why is your advice bad, bad, bad for
| the system-wide configuration, as well?  Because we nowadays have
| Linux distributions that can be upgraded.  And /etc/profile is sure to
| be under the control of the upgrade process which will require manual
| intervention after any future upgrade once we tamper with
| /etc/profile.

Any such system is utterly broken.  It's all very well to
provide a default /etc/profile for a new installation, but it's
completely wrong to overwrite such a file on an upgrade.  It's
there for the system admin to populate as she wishes and no
upgrade has any business playing with it.

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