[Beowulf] Confusion about login, non-interactive, interactive shells

Mark Hahn hahn at mcmaster.ca
Wed Sep 26 11:52:04 PDT 2012

> $ ssh node4 echo $PATH

as others have mentioned, this probably doesn't do what you think
unless you prevent your local shell from expanding $PATH:
 	ssh node4 'echo $PATH'
 	ssh node4 echo \$PATH
 	ssh node4 printenv PATH
I tend to prefer the latter, since it seems less fragile.

ssh also has a default PATH, selected at compile time, which is 
used for non-interactive invocations.  if you ssh interactively,
you get normal login-shell behavior, which can result in a very
different PATH.  there is also some skew in versions of bash
about how they initialize the environment - so for instance, 
"module load" commands may not be invoked if you "ssh node command".

> b) how come there is a difference between echo $PATH and which mpirun ? It

I guess you'll see the same results if you use "printenv PATH" either
via ssh directly or through mpirun.

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