Where does the bash PATH on CentOS 7 get /usr/local/bin from?

Solution 1:

Other people have asked the same thing on the CentOS bug tracker. The earliest post I found was this one.

/usr/local/bin is hardcoded in /bin/bash.

  1. https://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=10200
  2. https://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=10199
  3. https://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=10198
  4. https://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=7492

As you will see this problem was first reported in May 2012, and has existed in CentOS 6 and CentOS 7.

So as confusing as it may be, it looks like your analysis the paths are not coming from /etc/profile is correct. The paths are coming from /bin/bash.

Solution 2:

In the bash source "config-top.h" has this:

/* The default value of the PATH variable. */

/* The value for PATH when invoking `command -p'.  This is only used when
   the Posix.2 confstr () function, or CS_PATH define are not present. */

Solution 3:

It definitely looks hard coded into /bin/bash

strings /bin/bash | grep "\/usr\/local\/bin"

which seems to be the default PATH.

Solution 4:

In addition to previous answers; If you are reaching you VM by ssh this could has sense.

In /etc/ssh/sshd_config:

# This sshd was compiled with PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin