[visit-users] BASH issue

Rick Angelini angel at arl.army.mil
Thu Apr 9 12:09:22 EDT 2009

This is not specifically a problem with Visit, but more related to the 
user environment.   I have  a customer who is using BASH as their login 
shell.    When the user sits on their local workstation and tries to 
fire up Visit to a remote cluster,  we keep getting a message that 
"visit cannot be found" on the remote connection.   I'm not a bash user 
and we don't have many folks around here who use bash, so maybe someone 
on the list has an idea on how to get this to work ....

After some debugging, I discovered that bash apparently doesn't execute 
the local dot files when invoked from SSH, therefore, there seems to be 
no way to set up a local environment.   If the user logs in directly to 
the remote node, all of the appropriate dot files are executed, and 
visit is in his path.    So, for instance,

 > ssh cluster-login1
$ which visit
/usr/local/bin/visit       (WORKS!)

 > ssh cluster-login1 which visit
visit: command not found  (FAILS!)

Obviously, to make things work the way we want them, we need to be able 
to get the second command to work.  Is there some (known) magic to make 
this work?      It works just fine with TCSH/CSH, but the user isn't 
willing to change shells!    8-)


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