At 7.4, we started shipping the /QOpenSys/etc/profile in case we need to
set default behavior. There is no mechanism in the PTFs to handle local
editing though (changes will be overwritten). Instead, system admins
should put changes they would normally put in /QOpenSys/etc/profile in
/QOpenSys/etc/profile.local or add a file to /QOpenSys/etc/profile.d and
they will be pulled in automatically by /QOpenSys/etc/profile.
Or at least that's how it _should_ work, but the code to do that is
missing... I'll open up a defect to get that fixed.
You can always put a per-user file that overrides the system-wide one as
well, though.

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From: B Stone <bvstone@xxxxxxxxx>
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To: IBMi Open Source Roundtable <opensource@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [IBMiOSS] Best practice for global .profile file
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2020 9:29 AM
I am wondering what the best practice for a global .profile file would
and if used, would a personal .profile (/home/[user]/.profile) file be
to override and/or add to the global settings.

The main reason I ask is I have a couple companies I'm doing nodeJS work
for. Jobs run to start SSHD and start up nodejs servers daily/after IPL
they could run under any user id using QSH.

I remember years ago talking about using /QOpenSys/etc/profile but I
opened mine and had a note:

# /QOpenSys/etc/profile for IBM i
# DO NOT CHANGE /QOpenSys/etc/profile! It will be overwritten
# via PTF or system upgrade. Instead, add system-specific changes
# to /QOpenSys/etc/profile.local or add a file to
# /QOpenSys/etc/profile.d. Users can also add their own changes
# to ~/.profile (bsh, ksh, bash) ~/.login (csh), or ~/.bash_profile

I remember adding this a couple years ago when I was playing with
So now I'm wondering what would be the best practice... IBM seems to say
it's ok to edit this file.  In fact, I'm sure I had this file like this
before V7R4 updgrade... so OS upgrade didn't seem to overwrite it.

Finally, are the profile files used in order global/personal or the
way around?  (I could test this, I thought I would ask).

Or am I barking up the wrong tree entirely?  :)

Bradley V. Stone
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