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I am connected to another machine using tramp and my eshell does send all the commands to remote machine but when I do echo $PATH it prints me my local PATH. Why?

  • Because eshell is not a shell running on that remote machine? – phils Mar 7 '19 at 18:53
  • If you need a shell running on the remote machine, then don't use eshell. Use shell, or run a shell inside term, or similar. – phils Mar 7 '19 at 19:41
  • @phils, Absolutely. What then eshells ssh support actually offers? Mixture of host's and remote's shells? How do I distinguish what I am running when I use eshell? Why do we have ssh support in eshell? Now I use ansi-term. – foki Mar 7 '19 at 22:05
  • Why? Because having that support is notably better than not having it. And of course there's nothing stopping you from running ssh <hostname> from eshell (but at that point I think one of the other options is more sensible). eshell is a native elisp shell; there's no "mixture of host's and remote's shell" happening. – phils Mar 8 '19 at 0:35
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    @phils At first I also thought that this would be related to eshell not running on the remote host. But then I found the comment Content of $PATH. It might be different from \(getenv \"PATH\"), when 'default-directory' points to a remote host. of eshell-path-env. The variable eshell-path-env is actually set by tramp-eshell-directory-change if default-directory is a tramp-tramp-file-name-p. – Tobias Mar 8 '19 at 5:31

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