How to I export a system scope environment variable in bash

I need to set a system environment variable from a bash script that would be available outside of the current scope. So you would normally export environment variables like this:

export MY_VAR=/opt/my_var

But I need the environment variable to be available at a system level though. Is this possible?


This is the only way I know to do what you want:

In, you have:

echo MYVAR=abc123

And when you want to get the value of the variable, you have to do the following:

$ eval "$("  # assuming is in your $PATH
$ echo $MYVAR #==> abc123

Depending on what you want to do, and how you want to do it, Douglas Leeder's suggestion about using source could be used, but it will source the whole file, functions and all. Using eval, only the stuff that gets echoed will be evaluated.

Not really - once you're running in a subprocess you can't affect your parent.

There two possibilities:

1) Source the script rather than run it (see source .):

    source {script}

2) Have the script output the export commands, and eval that:

    eval `bash {script}`
    eval "$(bash"

EDIT: Corrected the second option to be eval rather than source. Opps.

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