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Adding variables to Terminal

I have Fedora 2 and am using the default terminal shell.

If I declare a variable i.e. JAVA_HOME = /opt/jdk1.5.0 then when I reboot it has disappeared how do I specify permanent variables? Is there a config file or similar?
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EinarThCommented:
several ways. If the variable should be a 'user' variable (as opposed to a global 'system' variable), you'd put a line like:

export VARIABLE=value

in the .bashrc or .bash_profile file in that users home directory, i.e. ~/.bash_profile

you could also put into the corresponding file in /etc/skel to make it a default variable for all new users.

If, on the other hand you want this to be a global 'system' variable, you'd put the same line in a file in /etc/rc.d/
I don't know the exact file for Fedora, but on SuSe it's /etc/rc.d/boot.local ... propably something similar on Fedora.

Cheers.
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beechhornAuthor Commented:
It would need to be a global system variable. Will try it out tonight if it works you get the points. If someone can tell me where the exact file is for Fedora then there will be a split not much insentive I know for 25 points but only have a few atm.
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EinarThCommented:
/etc/rc.d/rc.local
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beechhornAuthor Commented:
Cheers guys much appreciated.

Boots like 2 seconds faster using the export prefix. I have tried several times both ways and it is a definite lag not specifying export.
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