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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
3answers
776 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
300 views

Getting the current path in .desktop EXEC command

Im trying to make a .desktop file run a .sh which is stored in the same directory as the .desktop. The whole directory needs to be portable and moved from machine to machine. my run script is run.sh ...
3
votes
2answers
320 views

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".
3
votes
2answers
419 views

Make problem with includes [closed]

I am installing imagick-v3.1.0RC2 package on CentOS 5.5. I have ImageMagick 6.7.9-9 installed as well and have a problem on the make step. Problem is that its cannot find included file: ...
2
votes
4answers
120 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
721 views

Checking if PATH contains $HOME/mydir and adding it if not (all in a script) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: keep duplicates out of $PATH on source I am not an expert with Unix scripting. Some of my scripts are located in $HOME/mydir. Unfortunately, they are not accessible from ...
2
votes
2answers
241 views

Select default binary to use

This is the output from which -a autoconf: /usr/bin/autoconf /usr/bin/autoconf /home/amumu/root/bin/autoconf I want to use autoconf in my home directory since it's newer version compare to the ...
2
votes
4answers
625 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
6k views

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:
2
votes
1answer
147 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
155 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
932 views

bash: iptables: command not found

How do I fix the iptables: command not found problem that happened to Debian 7.6? batman@gotham:~$ uname -a Linux gotham 3.14-0.bpo.2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.14.13-2~bpo70+1 (2014-07-31) x86_64 ...
2
votes
4answers
481 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Why does sshd requires an absolute path?

Why does sshd require an absolute path when restarting, e.g /usr/sbin/sshd rather than sshd Are there any security implications? P.S the error message: # sshd sshd re-exec requires execution with ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

How can I find out where the firefox bin is?

I am trying to add Firefox to my PATH like in this tutorial. I have Firefox in the Applications folder of my GUI on my mac book air. I am familiar with adding locations to my path. But I don't know ...
2
votes
1answer
300 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
82 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
118 views

What is PATH on a Mac OS?

What is the PATH in a Mac OS? I have used it to install global command-line tools, but the only documentation I have found are tutorials for doing just that, with no real explanation of what is ...
2
votes
1answer
5k views

Solaris - permanently update PATH for all users

I have installed JDK and Groovy on my Solaris 11 machine. I would now like to set things up so that the PATH variable would contain the bin directories whenever I open a shell. It is my understanding ...
2
votes
1answer
236 views

Find out where $PATH got corrupted

I'm using OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.2 $echo $PATH prints this: /usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/opt/X11/bin:/Users/myusername/.rvm/bin I've commented out everything in ~/.bash_profile ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How do you set the path in a non-shell environment (KDE)? [duplicate]

I'd like to override one of the applications set in /usr/bin/. I have created an alternative with the same name in ~/bin/ which in in my PATH (as set both in .bashrc and in .profile). When I start ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

How to install a custom boost version in CentOS?

I'm trying to compile and install boost 1.54 from source in CentOS. The documentation is pretty straight forward and there are plenty of tutorials in the internet available (1) (2) (3). This is what ...
2
votes
2answers
52 views

PATH work with relative directories

I'm trying to get a program to work that isn't in my distro's package manager. It doesn't provide a makefile or sources, just binaries. If I copy the whole folder to /usr/local and then add that to ...
2
votes
3answers
482 views

How to make GNU grep the default in FreeBSD?

I'm running FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE. I've installed GNU grep with portmaster textproc/gnugrep. However the "default" grep for users is still FreeBSD grep. # /usr/local/bin/grep -V /usr/local/bin/grep ...
2
votes
2answers
65 views

Why does “User Contributed Perl Documentation” show up when I look for 'man' pages

When I man -f <some string> in addition to the expected Unix man pages, I get a bunch of odd looking entries that all have the header "User Contributed Perl Documentation". For example man ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

How to fix bash looking for a program in the wrong dir (Issues setting up NPM on Ubuntu 11.10)

This time I ran the "trusting" install script curl http://npmjs.org/install.sh | sudo sh from the dir /. $ which npm /usr/local/bin/npm $ npm bash: /home/steven/local/bin/npm: No such file or ...
2
votes
2answers
277 views

Software (SciTe) runs differently when opened from Terminal Vs GUI

When I open SciTe from the terminal everything works fine. When I open it via Ubuntu 10.04 GUI drop down boxes I get this error every time I try to run a ruby program: sh: ruby: not found At this ...
2
votes
1answer
935 views

Find the DVD-ROM path in FreeBSD

I do not know the path of my DVD-ROM and also my external hard drive to mount them in FreeBSD using the mount command. What command should I use to find their path?
2
votes
2answers
32 views

Paths relevant to compiling from source

I am new to software development, and over the course of compiling about 20 programs and dependencies from source I have seen a rough pattern, but I don't quite get it. - I'm hoping you could shed ...
2
votes
1answer
14 views

How can I use `find` with `-pattern` and also restrict depth?

This is as far as I've gotten: find . -path \*/pages/*/index.css Which will find: ./lib/pages/home/index.css ./lib/pages/home/lib/header/index.css What I really want is to only find: ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Why I got error: `error while loading shared libraries: libmpich.so.3`?

I installed mpich-3.0.4 not in a default location. I installed it based on the mpich installer's guidance. However when I try to run: mpiexec -n 4 -f machinefile ./mpich-3.0.4/examples/cpi It ...
2
votes
1answer
76 views

/etc/paths in OS X and other Unices

Is /etc/paths read by every shell that I run in OS X? For example, if I use zsh, will it parse /etc/path to populate $PATH? What exactly is the sequence that OS X follows to populate $PATH? Does it ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Crontab + Ruby on Rails: /usr/bin/env: ruby: No such file or directory

I have a ruby on rails app and I need to schedule a crontab for a rake task. */5 * * * * RAILS_ENV=production /usr/local/bin/rake -f /usr/local/www/mysite-web-production/current/Rakefile ...
2
votes
1answer
262 views

Canonical paths: why are they needed?

The issue of resolving symlinks (symbolic links) is often addressed on this forum, and on others. Related are the concepts of relative, absolute (or full), and canonical (or resolved) pathnames. Two ...
2
votes
1answer
58 views

How to change which program is executed by default

Surely this is an easy question, that I just don't know how to search for, but if I have two identically named executable files, one in /usr and one in /usr/local (for example), how can I change which ...
2
votes
2answers
40 views

Applying and linking all settings/binaries of one user to another user in Linux

In a linux machine, we may have to compile our programs with respect to that linux machine. Now, if we already have some other users (not root. A typical user.) who have already compiled many ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

Wallpapers' s folder in XFCE4

I've just installed XFCE4 on Arch Linux, now I'd like to add an image in the wallpaper folder, someone know the full path. I'm searching, but I haven't found yet.
2
votes
1answer
1k views

update PATH variable in .bashrc using sed

I've been trying to update my PATH variable permanently by putting it in my .bashrc file. However, I don't want to just append it to the file, but rather replace the current PATH=........ with the ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Where can PATH to Thunderbird be set in Ubuntu 10.04

I'd like to migrate to Thunderbird 11 from Thunderbird 3. I installed Thunderbird 3 using apt-get (the newer versions are not available in binary form, unfortunately, at least not in main, universe or ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

ldconfig issue with non-standard lib directory in CentOS

I am working with a virtual machine (CentOS 5.3) that has very little storage space on the main drive (which includes /usr, /usr/local, etc). Most of the storage space is available on a separate drive ...
2
votes
5answers
924 views

Unix install best practices, append to path or link through

I have some software I am about to ship (gradschool project) and I want to know on a unix machine what the best practices are for installing software. I originally linked through /usr/local/bin my ...
2
votes
2answers
423 views

What could cause which to not show something in the path?

There is an executable in my path that I believe is a perl script. >$scriptname $outputofscript but >which $scriptname which: 0652-141 There is no $scriptname in $path and the path it ...
2
votes
1answer
32 views

Adding a new path in PATH

On a server I own; Git was not working. I found that Git is installed in /usr/local/cpanel/3rdparty/bin/git. So, to make Git available to be used without full path; I logged into ssh as root. Then I ...
2
votes
2answers
42 views

Change path in sql script with sed

I'm trying to change the path in a oracle sql script from a bash script. read -e -p "Enter the ORACLE SID: " -i "orcl" ORACLE_SID_VALUE sed -i "DEFINE tsdir = '/u02/app/oracle/oradata/orcl';/c\DEFINE ...
2
votes
2answers
488 views

How is PATH set for users in puppet?

I'm having an interesting problem which I was able to work around by manually specifying PATH. The problem is that although my root user's PATH is: ...
2
votes
1answer
402 views

Debian Wheezy 7.1 - can't launch Skype or Firefox [duplicate]

I've installed Skype by using dkpg and when I try to run it, this is what I get -bash: /usr/bin/skype: No such file or directory. Which is very strange since ls -l | grep skype shows this: -rwxr-xr-x ...