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I have created a linux service that runs as a deamon (and gets started from /etc/init.d/X). I need to set some environment variables that can be accessed by the application.

Here's the scenario. The application is a bunch of Perl AGI scripts that depend on (and therefore need to run as) asterisk user but asterisk doesn't have a shell. Ideally I'd just set this in /home/asterisk/.bashrc but that doesn't exist for asterisk.

How can I set environment variables for my app in the asterisk user's running environment so that my app can use them?

Update: Changed the title to show am using Debian.

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Could you tell us what is your OS? – Casual Coder Oct 6 '10 at 6:51
@Casual: Linux. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Oct 6 '10 at 6:51
Ok. I was asking domino. Your answer is related to Fedora. Maybe domino is using different distribution where init scripts are not configured in /etc/sysconfig – Casual Coder Oct 6 '10 at 6:59
@Casual - I am using debian. @Ignacio - thanks for the link it helped me know what to look for, for a debian distro. Found the answer and posted it below. – domino Oct 6 '10 at 7:52
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Found the solution. For debian distro creating the file /etc/default/myservice and then adding the environment variables using the syntax export VAR=value

then sourcing the file from /etc/init.d/myservice using

[ -r /etc/default/myservice ] && . /etc/default/myservice solved the problem

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