Is there a way that I can permanently enable a SCL?

I've installed rh-php56, and I would like to make sure that it is loaded every time I ssh into my machine.

I am currently running CentOS 7.


using scl enable actually opens a new shell inside your current one, which is quite unclean, especially if done from a login script.

You should place, instead, in your ~/.bash_profile:

source /opt/rh/rh-nginx18/enable


source scl_source enable rh-nginx18

The latter is more "elegant" as it is independent from the actual installation path.

This has the effect of loading the environment in your current shell.

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  • Really elegant, I like this one a lot more – Jean-Bernard Jansen Dec 10 '18 at 22:39
  • This solution works nicely and doesn't have the "spawning another bash" problem like the current "correct" solution. – Lance Kind Aug 22 '19 at 22:48

Redhat proposes placing a file in /etc/profile.d, i.e. for python:

$ cat /etc/profile.d/enablepython33.sh
source scl_source enable python33

As this works for the devtools under centos for me you could try this.

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    This is what I do. I've created an /etc/profile.d/scl_enable.sh file with all of my scl files in that one file. – Jarrett Meyer Sep 26 '18 at 13:31

I think you could add a line into your shell profile (e.g. ~/.bash_profile) to enable your scl of choice. For example,

scl enable rh-nginx18 bash

Reload your profile or logout/login, and you should have access to your SCLs.

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    One problem with this is that your resulting bash is no longer a login shell. And you can't make it a login shell. If you try, you'll fork bomb your system. This may work in some circumstances, but it's not the recommended method. – Michael Hampton Jan 10 '18 at 2:59
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    CAREFUL! Adding an scl command like the above just got me a "frozen" login because the script got stuck for some reason. Have this page for a handy reference for when you get locked out: serverfault.com/questions/94503/… – Lance Kind Aug 22 '19 at 21:33
  • The accepted response is DANGEROUS, and should be somehow demoted or removed. Adding this so maybe people will notice it before forkbombing themselves :) – Dan Vatca Dec 4 '19 at 8:14

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