PAM_ENV.CONF(5)                 Linux-PAM Manual                 PAM_ENV.CONF(5)

       pam_env.conf, environment - the environment variables config files

       The /etc/security/pam_env.conf file specifies the environment variables
       to be set, unset or modified by pam_env(8). When someone logs in, this
       file is read and the environment variables are set according.

       Each line starts with the variable name, there are then two possible
       options for each variable DEFAULT and OVERRIDE. DEFAULT allows an
       administrator to set the value of the variable to some default value, if
       none is supplied then the empty string is assumed. The OVERRIDE option
       tells pam_env that it should enter in its value (overriding the default
       value) if there is one to use. OVERRIDE is not used, "" is assumed and no
       override will be done.

       VARIABLE [DEFAULT=[value]] [OVERRIDE=[value]]

       (Possibly non-existent) environment variables may be used in values using
       the ${string} syntax and (possibly non-existent) PAM_ITEMs as well as
       HOME and SHELL may be used in values using the @{string} syntax. Both the
       $ and @ characters can be backslash escaped to be used as literal values
       values can be delimited with "", escaped " not supported. Note that many
       environment variables that you would like to use may not be set by the
       time the module is called. For example, ${HOME} is used below several
       times, but many PAM applications don't make it available by the time you
       need it. The special variables @{HOME} and @{SHELL} are expanded to the
       values for the user from his passwd entry.

       The "#" character at start of line (no space at front) can be used to
       mark this line as a comment line.

       The /etc/environment file specifies the environment variables to be set.
       The file must consist of simple NAME=VALUE pairs on separate lines. The
       pam_env(8) module will read the file after the pam_env.conf file.

       These are some example lines which might be specified in

       Set the REMOTEHOST variable for any hosts that are remote, default to
       "localhost" rather than not being set at all

                 REMOTEHOST     DEFAULT=localhost OVERRIDE=@{PAM_RHOST}

       Set the DISPLAY variable if it seems reasonable


       Now some simple variables

                 PAGER          DEFAULT=less
                 MANPAGER       DEFAULT=less
                 LESS           DEFAULT="M q e h15 z23 b80"
                 NNTPSERVER     DEFAULT=localhost
                 PATH           DEFAULT=${HOME}/bin:/usr/local/bin:/bin\
                 XDG_DATA_HOME  @{HOME}/share/

       Silly examples of escaped variables, just to show how they work.

                 DOLLAR         DEFAULT=\$
                 DOLLARDOLLAR   DEFAULT=        OVERRIDE=\$${DOLLAR}
                 ATSIGN         DEFAULT=""      OVERRIDE=\@

       pam_env(8), pam.d(5), pam(8), environ(7)

       pam_env was written by Dave Kinchlea <>.

Linux-PAM Manual                   11/25/2020                    PAM_ENV.CONF(5)