sudo -i not behaving as expected

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Published on 2012-09-23T00:11:20Z Indexed on 2012/09/23 3:39 UTC
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Why sudo -i command is not setting the TERM, PATH, HOME, SHELL, LOGNAME, USER and USERNAME on my fresh Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS as decribed in the manual?

# sudo -u johnny -i echo $HOME && echo $USER
/root
root

Using -H is not setting $HOME either. And my user does exist with a home :

# cat /etc/passwd
[..]
johnny:x:1000:1000::/home/johnny:/bin/bash

Update : Why am I having this issue? Because I am trying to create an ubuntu upstart job for multiple unicorn applications & I am using user installation of RVM + Bundle : without $HOME being properly evaluated, RVM do not find ~/.rvm.

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