How to set the KDE path?

Kishore kitts.mailinglists at
Wed Feb 2 04:21:24 GMT 2011

On Wednesday 02 Feb 2011 2:36:32 AM Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 21:06, Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at> wrote:
> > On Tuesday, 2011-02-01, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> >> On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 18:24, Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at> wrote:
> >> > That never worked because e.g. .bash_profile is only read by interactive
> >> > shells (see man bash) and the shell running /usr/bin/startkde is not
> >> > interactive.
> >>
> >> Of course, .bash_profile is for bash as the name implies. But what
> >> about .profile? Would it not make sense for KDE to respect that?
> >
> > KDE is started through a script called startkde.
> > This is executed by a shell interpreter, whatever /bin/sh points to.
> >
> > This shell might not read .profile, bash for example only does this for
> > interactive login shells. Nothing KDE can do about that.
> >
> This is the whole point. What does KDE read to set the PATH? For
> instance, the path that the Krunner dialogue looks for apps? And why
> isn't this configurable in System Settings?

I think what kevin is saying is the KDE does not do anything to the PATH variable. It leaves it as the responsibility of the shell in which it itself is being executed.
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