Issue with environment variables

CircleCI is doing one of two things:

  • It is adding white space at the beginning of the environment variable when I add it
  • Not updating the environment variable when I change it

My AWS deployment is failing due to the AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID value has space as the first character.
I have removed it and re-added the variable several time through the admin UI and kicked off a new build. It still has space at the beginning of the variable.

When I SSH in and manually set it the value without space it works fine.

For the time being, I had to add this to remove the space:
AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID="(echo -e "{AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID}" | tr -d ‘[:space:]’)"

It is working for the time being.

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Hello James,
The adding of a space I have seen often before in cases where you copy the password from a location where a ghost space is inserted, is that possible? As for the UI behaving a little strange, rather than refreshing the page (or using back/forward), try going into the address bar and hitting enter to “refresh” the page. Because our site is a React app this is sometimes necessary when the browser doesn’t catch certain updates.

Try echoing out a few test env vars and let us know if you see the extra spacing.

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