PATH (all upper case) is the name of an environment variable on Unix-like operating systems, DOS, OS/2, and Microsoft Windows, specifying a set of directories where executable programs are searched for.

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mpirun fails to recognize program in $PATH

Somehow mpirun fails to acknowledge my $PATH. The program PyroDist, that I have in $PATH, works: $ PyroDist Can't find asked option -in PyroDist - pairwise distance matrix from flowgrams -in ...
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Added bin directory to my path, can't execute commands in it with 'sudo command'

I made a bin directory in my home folder where I place all my scripts. Then in my .bashrc I added the following: export PATH=$PATH:/home/myusername/bin So I could access files I placed in there ...
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How to add a path to system $PATH for all users's non-login shell and login shell on debian

I installed some programs in /opt/my-program/bin, I wanted to add /opt/my-program/bin to system $PATH for all users's non-login shell and login shell. What should I do? Changing /etc/environment is ...
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Inhibit Variable Expansion in Paths

How do I prevent Zshell (and Bash I assume) from expanding environment variables in paths be completed as shown in the following example: $PREFIX/alt/li should expand to $PREFIX/alt/lib and not ...
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Change user and load entire environment in shell script

I'm having some trouble with an upstart script of ours that changes user and starts up a few ruby daemon processes. In the past i would simply bash -c "do the business" -l someuser making sure to use ...
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Add directory to path for all shells and users in SLES 11.1

I'm using a server running Suse Enterprise 11.1. I need to add some locations to the path for all users and for all the shells. Is there a nice and easy way to do this or do I have to modify the ...
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Global /etc/profile setenv or export overwriting user settings in .profile

I need to call a modified version of a program in /home/user_name/bin rather than the (older) version in /opt/program_name/current on a CentOS 5.3 cluster. The program creates a tcsh script using ...
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Why do Mono applications only start from their own directory?

If I want to run the application monodevelop, I need to chdir to /usr/lib/monodevelop/Bin and then execute ./MonoDevelop.exe. This is the same for all other Mono applications such as banshee, tomboy, ...
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Exporting just a single file

To make scripts accessible from anywhere in the terminal, one can use the following sequence of commands: PATH=$PATH:some_path_here export PATH Which includes all files at the path sent in ...
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Will $0 always include the path to the script?

I want to grep the current script so I can print out help and version information from the comments section at the top. I was thinking of something like this: grep '^#h ' -- "$0" | sed -e 's/#h //' ...
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List all files / binaries in current PATH

Is there an "easy" way of running an "ls -la" style command for listing all files / executable binaries in the current PATH? (I intend to pipe the output into grep, for looking for commands with ...
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“which” with a little “grep”-like solution?

# which mkdir /bin/mkdir # which mkdi # How can I get the path of the e.g.: "mkdir"'s binary without knowing the name of the binary file? (command). So that which "mkdi" would output the ...
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Adding directory to PATH through Makefile

I'm having some trouble in exporting the PATH I've modified inside the Makefile into the current Terminal. I'm trying to add to the PATH, the bin folder inside wherever the Makefile directory is. ...
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How to add home directory path to be discovered by Unix which command?

I have installed node.js at custom location and added the location to the $PATH in .profile file. Hoons-MacBook-Air:npm Eonil$ node --version v0.6.2 Hoons-MacBook-Air:npm Eonil$ which node ...
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Why isn't the first executable in my $PATH being used? [duplicate]

I have a script called jsl in /usr/local/bin. Running which jsl finds it there. I want to temporarily use a different version, and when I echo $PATH I see that /usr/bin is earlier in the path. So I ...
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How can I set all subdirectories of a directory into $PATH?

It looks like when adding a directory into $PATH, its subdirectories are not added recursively. So can I do that? Or is there a reason why this is not supported?
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Where do executables look for shared objects at runtime

The title is pretty explicit. I understand how to define include shared objects at linking/compile time. However I still wonder how do executables look for the shared object (*.so libraries) at ...
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Problem with $PATH and executable file

I am a complete unix noob so please forgive my simple question. I have a unix executable file located in a directory I generated. I believe I need to get this directory in my $PATH so that the unix ...
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Recently installed applications missing from $PATH

When I install apps using apt-get or NVM or NPM on Ubuntu, I can type the command and it works. Then I log out of the shell and log back in. Now none of the things I installed work when I ask for ...
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Running python script from Linux Terminal

I have downloaded this script named, pyAES.py and put it in a folder name codes, inside a Desktop directory of my Linux, According to this example, ...
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Decomposition of path specs into longest-common-prefix + suffix

Given any two absolute Unix path specs1, one could decompose each spec as the concatenation of a longest common prefix and a specific suffix. E.g., /abc/bcd/cdf -> /abc/bcd + cdf ...
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Why can't I call this program using its full path?

I am trying to build a command line wrapper in Python 3 for an exiting command line tool called spooky and I am having a hard time understanding some strange behavior. If I type spooky on the command ...
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Why is PATH reset in a sudo command?

After much frustrating head-brick-wall contact, I've discovered this: $ echo $PATH /usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/home/steve/bin $ sudo bash # echo $PATH ...
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Script not getting executed as per expectation

I have two Perl scripts at a predefined location in Unix. This predefined location is set in path variable ($PATH). Now when i try to run first script (from any location) the script runs successfully ...
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/etc/ld.so.conf doesn't contain /usr/lib

I am using pkg-config to help supply the correct libs during c++ compilation. As I understand it, it searches in directories supplied by /etc/ld.so.conf. My ld.so.conf references the following lib ...
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open a file using CDPATH and symlink

To quickly move around, I added a path to CDPATH that contains symlinks to different locations. I did this by adding the following line to .bashrc: export CDPATH=~/symlinks When working with ...
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Finding program name by wildcard pattern

I am trying to write a script that will attempt to find if a certain program is installed. Lets say that the program is called, myprog. The problem is that the program can be named in different ...
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path_helper and zsh

I read that Apple, instead of jamming more and more PATH variable variations to the end of shell profile file, created path_helper binary so that it could expand PATH variable automatically by reading ...
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How to set the path OSX applications use

I'm running Mountain Lion 10.8.4, and have my environment all customized through ~/.profile so that when I run GUI apps like Sublime Text or Eclipse from the command line open /Applications/Sublime\ ...
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(G)VIM uses a different $PATH than my system

Because Ubuntu provides no up-to-date packages for TeXLive, I installed it manually. However, some programs need TeXLive as dependency. So what I did is I installed the TeXLive package from the Ubuntu ...
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What's the right way to set “dynamic” PATH in bash? (for android sdk)

I have android sdk installed, and I want the binaries in build-tools/android-VERSION to be available in PATH, so I add few lines: ...
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Find location of sourced shell script

Is it possible that a sourced shell script knows its location? I've read determining path to sourced shell script but the answers focus on bash and tcsh and fail if a POSIX shell is used. $0 is also ...
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How does the path enviroment variable work in linux?

I'm confused how does the enviroment path work under linux, I'm a Linux Mint 15 user. First, I read about editing the /home/.bashrc file and doing a PATH=$PATH:/directory, but I also knew about ...
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Preventing duplicate entried in PATH (.cshrc)

I have little experience with Linux, so I will appreciate some help. I need to prepend directories to the path variable in my .cshrc file and I want to make sure that the entries are not repeated when ...
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Access PgSQL executables from anywhere

I've installed PgSQL 9.1.2 from PostgreSQL repositories and all it's fine except that I can't execute command from every path in my OS. For example suppose that I want to run the command pg_dump: for ...
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Should I use symlinks in /usr/bin or use the PATH variable instead?

I was looking to download some tool and it said to update your PATH variable, but I thought /usr/bin was the "standard".
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A system-wide way to set or get $JAVA_HOME in Ubuntu?

I wonder whether Ubuntu itself provides a system-wide way to find the current JAVA_HOME or whether there is right place for setting JAVA_HOME. Mac OS X does well in this, for /usr/libexec/java_home ...
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Adding to path vs. linking from /bin

Our sys admin installed a software (Maven) on the server, and told everyone to add the "/usr/local/maven/bin/" folder to their path. I think it could be more convenient to just link the few programs ...
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find command: how to ignore pathname?

I have to find some type of files in a directory and it's subdirectories and I only have to print out the filenames. So here's the main command: find -type f -name "*.c" Now, how could I cut the ...
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Update Linux Path permanently [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set a user environment variable? (permanently, not session) How can I permanently modify the PATH variable in Ubuntu? Is it possible to do it without modifying ...
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difference between /var/www and /usr/local

I don't understand the difference between /var/www path and /usr/local path on linux command because for instance at the moment I can see my red5 server folder is in the latter path and within that ...
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Change PATH in Debian 7.1.0 for JAVA

I would like to change the PATH of my Debian 7.1.0 system to link the java version I want. If I insert into the terminal: java -version I get: java version "1.6.0_27" OpenJDK Runtime Environment ...
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How to make `sudo` preserve $PATH?

I need to run a program installed on /opt/godi/sbin (a custom directory). If I add that directory to my PATH, by adding the following line to my .bashrc file export ...
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Multiple path environment variable setup lines with bash

I have very long export PATH=A:B:C .... Can I make a multiple lines to have more organized one as follows? export PATH = A: B: C:
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temporary setting the path in an “init” file

I have an "init" file that reads #!/bin/sh export PATH=$PATH:/home/me/morph_numsys/software/bin by which I'd just like to set the path to that folder for only this bash session. However, when I ...
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Add multiple subdirectories under the same parent directory to PATH

I have installed some tools and put it under $HOME/tools/ and each tool has its own /bin directory that contains the executable program. I now have the path to each individual /bin in my $HOME/.bashrc ...
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Removing a directory from PATH

I'm trying to compile wxWidgets using MingW, and I have cygwin in my path, which seems to conflict. So I would like to remove /d/Programme/cygwin/bin from the PATH variable and I wonder if there is ...
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How is the path to search for 'man' pages set?

I'm puzzled by how the path used for finding man pages is set. The "right thing" seems to happen magically. For example, if change my PATH from ...
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How to add new elements to PATH for daemons (or other best practices)?

I want to add some scripts for custom administrative work to a Linux server (Ubuntu 12.04). Ultimately those scripts are callback scripts from at least one daemon (PostgreSQL in my case but that ...
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Which is the real PATH variable

On my office computer it seems like I've have two PATH variables. $path : This is delimited by " " (Space) $PATH : This is delimited by ":" (Colon) Though when I update one, the other one ...