XDG_DATA_HOME can't work ubuntu-emulator

Bug #1394858 reported by Bin Li on 2014-11-21
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phablet-tools (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

XDG_DATA_HOME used for saving emulator which user created.

sudo ubuntu-emulator create helloworld --arch=i386 --channel=ubuntu-touch/ubuntu-rtm/14.09

After that the emulator would be saved in below directory.

So I set the XDG_DATA_HOME to /home/emulator/ with export. And move the helloworld into /home/emulator/ubuntu-emulator/.

After that I could list the emulator with 'ubuntu-emulator list' successfully. So the XDG_DATA_HOME take effect.

But when I create a new emulator with 'sudo' I found it still create a new emulator in '.local/share/ubuntu-emulator/' while not in '/home/emulator/ubutnu-emulator'.


You-Sheng Yang (vicamo) wrote :

When you execute any command with sudo, it will probably _not_ carry your environment variables set for your normal user. So, when you execute `ubuntu-emulator list` as normal user, that XDG_DATA_HOME variable takes effect and not when you execute `ubuntu-emulator create` as root via sudo.

Bin Li (binli) wrote :


 Yes, that's the reason.

 You cant just write a simple test. when use it with sudo it can't anything. :)
$cat test.sh


 Could we find another way to set the DATA_HOME? Thanks!

You-Sheng Yang (vicamo) wrote :

I think both `sudo -E ...` or `sudo env XDG_DATA_DIRS=$XDG_DATA_DIRS ...` work for your case.

Bin Li (binli) wrote :


 Yes, :)

Bin Li (binli) wrote :
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