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I'd like to install a binary for only my user, because I don't have root, and therefore don't have access to /usr/bin. I've tried ~/bin, and it can't find the binary. I'm on Mac OS 10.6.7. Is there any other binary folder that can usually be user-modified, or any way to get it to recognize ~/bin?

My .profile:

# Setting PATH for Python 2.7
# The orginal version is saved in .profile.pysave
export PATH
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A user's BASH environment variables can be defined in ~/.profile. Add a line to this file:

export PATH=$PATH:~/bin

To read the new PATH variable now:

. ~/.profile


source ~/.profile

(The . and source are synonyms.)

Then to see that the PATH variable was updated:

echo $PATH


I have never seen {} in a PATH environment variable?

export $PATH

Or create a text file containing a path in /etc/paths.d/ so all shells and users get the path...

echo "~/bin/" > /etc/paths.d/home
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So you can add ~/bin (or preferably ~/.bin) to the list of places that it looks for binaries in? – tkbx Jan 19 '13 at 17:26
@tkbx that is what he is doin here. I don't think ~/.bin is preferable, as ~/bin is fairly standard and even configured by default in some operating systems. – jordanm Jan 19 '13 at 17:48
@tkbx The Mac is Darwin Unix, and the way to make a hidden file or directory in *nix is to start the name with a "dot", so ~/.bin/ creates a hidden directory. It would work either way, but ~/bin/ is normal. – Christopher Jan 19 '13 at 17:56
@Christopher I've edited my answer to show my .profile. How can I modify this to add ~/bin without breaking whatever is already there? – tkbx Jan 22 '13 at 19:27
@tkbx Updated. :) I think you have to log out and in again to use the /etc/paths.d/ method. – Christopher Jan 22 '13 at 19:51

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