Hi,

I am trying to send an local environment variable, ENVIRONMENT, to the
remote session with the following OpenSSH version.

OpenSSH_4.2p1, OpenSSL 0.9.8a 11 Oct 2005

Following the ssh_config and sshd_config man pages, in order to pass the
local environment variable, ENVIRONMENT, I added the following lines to
both config files, respectively.

bash-2.05# grep Env /usr/local/etc/ssh_config
SendEnv ENVIRONMENT
bash-2.05# grep Env /usr/local/etc/sshd_config | grep ENVIRONMENT
AcceptEnv ENVIRONMENT

My test showed that it worked fine when I started the remote session as
a root. However, if I started the remote session as a normal user, the
remote session didn't get the local environment variable.

Is this a bug or a feature?
Is there a way to make this work for normal users?

Here're my test results:

bash-2.05# export ENVIRONMENT=BATCH_root
bash-2.05# echo $ENVIRONMENT
BATCH_root
bash-2.05# /usr/local/bin/ssh -l dant3 hes-hpc3
dant3@hes-hpc3's password:
Last login: Wed Mar 15 10:34:44 2006 from hes-hpc4
========================
dant3: user profile
UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD
dant3 863 861 0 10:51:08 pts/3 0:00 -ksh
ENVIRONMENT=BATCH_root
dant3: End user profile
========================

Start remote session a normal user:

$ export ENVIRONMENT=BATCH_dant3
$ echo $ENVIRONMENT
BATCH_dant3
$ /usr/local/bin/ssh -l dant3 hes-hpc3
Last login: Wed Mar 15 10:51:07 2006 from hes-hpc3
========================
dant3: user profile
UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD
dant3 898 893 0 10:53:27 pts/4 0:00 -ksh
ENVIRONMENT=
dant3: End user profile
========================


Thanks,

- Chansup