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How to run my own program without specifying its path

One of the applications that I want to use came in a tar.gz, and I unzipped it into my home directory. Well, in order to access the application, I would have to write out the whole path of the executable file with a period at the beginning.

So, if I downloaded an application called alligator and it was in my Downloads folder, I would have to execute it by calling ./home/Downloads/alligator-folder/alligator. Is there a way to make a shortcut so I could call the executable by just saying alligator?

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marked as duplicate by rozcietrzewiacz, Gilles, Michael Mrozek Sep 3 '11 at 2:12

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You need to have a look at the PATH env. variable - it seems that your question is (almost?) a duplicate of this one.

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