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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/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 ...
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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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How to use libraries installed by nix at run-time?

I'm using nix in "single-user mode" in a system where I'm not the root (see below for a description of my nix setup). I wanted to quickly run one of my binaries which is dynamically linked with a ...
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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 ...
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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: ANDROID_SDK=/Application/Binaries/adt-bundle-linux-x86_64-20140321/...
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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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OSX 'env python' returns different interpreter than 'python' [duplicate]

I cannot figure out what is going on here. I have just installed Anaconda, and I am trying to get my #! /usr/bin/env python shebang to return the new interpreter. I have no python aliases, and ~/...
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When to use XPG* version of a command?

I occasionally do work on an older Solaris machine whose default version of grep is non-POSIX-compliant. This causes problems in my rc files because the default grep on the machine doesn't support ...
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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 my profile's PATH environment variable on Cygwin

Sadly, I am not at all experienced in coding. I am attempting to use a program to work with GRIB files, here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/mdl/degrib/compile.php?os=windows. I am compiling as there are ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 /abc/bcd/chi/...
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Handling duplicate programs names bash

I'm wondering if $PATH cascades entries. You'll all need to take a leap of faith with me here, but here it goes. Let's say we have a Java executable at /usr/bin/java but this version is very old and ...
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Complete view of where the PATH variable is set in bash

I've read in a couple of places that the PATH is set in /etc/profile or the .profile file that's in the home dir. Are these the only places that the path is set in? I want a better understanding of ...
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how to set crontab PATH variable

I had a problem running a script from crontab. After some research I understood the problem was because PATH parameter doesn't include /sbin. I looked what it does include in /etc/crontab: PATH=/...
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find does not work on symlinked path?

If I run this command find $HOME/MySymlinkedPath -name "run*.sh" nothing happens, and gives no error ('MySymlinkedPath' is a symlinked path to another hard drive other then my $HOME one). These also ...
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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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How to set environment variable JAVA_HOME that will be saved on exit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set a user environment variable? (permanently, not session) I use Suse. First was installed jdk7, so JAVA_HOME remains like: /usr/java/jdk1.7.0_05/ After I have ...
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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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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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Why do 'ssh host echo $PATH' and printing the $PATH after ssh'ing into the machine give different results?

On a particular host, when I ssh into the machine and enter echo $PATH I get /home/wxy/bin64:/home/wxy/bin:/usr/kerberos/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin and if I ...
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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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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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Is it possible to add a single executable, rather than an entire directory, to my $PATH?

I have XAMPP installed in OSX, and by default it prepends the path to its own bin directory (full of various utilities) to my $PATH variable: # Add path to XAMPP PHP version export XAMPP_PHP=/...
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Help with bash script

I am teaching myself bash scripting with the book 'Learning the Bash Shell' by Newbam. I'm getting on OK with the book, but am a bit confused by the following script. It is a script which uses a for ...
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Basic steps to develop python API in Unix environment

I am developing an API in Unix environment for virtual machines. Most of the modules are developed in python. I have few questions on this. I have the file extension as abc.py. I would like to make ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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echo $PATH shows path to python scripts, but they cannot be executed

I am new to using the shell, and wanted to create a directory in $HOME where I can put all my python scripts, set a path to that directory, so that I can go into any folder on my Mac and execute those ...
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How do you add a bash script to your PATH variable using symlinks?

I run a gaming server called PocketMine. So basically I have a folder in my home directory that has a bash script to run the server: ~/PocketMine/start.sh Everytime I want to run the server I either ...
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search a command in PATH with the same name of the script

For example, my script is $HOME/bin/sudo. I'd like to search for an executable in $PATH with the same name, sudo, and run it - but not the script $HOME/bin/sudo itself, otherwise I will run into an ...
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Bash script to output path to USB flash memory stick

How would I return (output) the path to any USB flash memory stick(s) connected to the local computer using bash (Ubuntu and Linux Mint)? Background: I'm providing users with an automated backup ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Bash ignoring my PATH and it's cache

I have installed pip in my ~/.local/bin/ directory. Here are the outputs of which, type and $PATH $ type pip pip is hashed (/home/bcc/pedros/.local/bin/pip) $ which pip /usr/bin/pip $ echo $PATH ~/....
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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.
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ps command not giving output in home directory

I am logging into a solaris server, switching to bash, then switching to another user "sruser" and switching to bash. /home/batch/sruser/ is the home directory of the user "sruser". The issue is ps ...
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Puzzle over sudo and paths

I have a couple of programmes which are in /usr/local/bin which require root privileges to run. If I run sudo my_prog I get sudo: my_prog: command not found I have to write sudo /usr/local/...
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/etc/environment not working

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. Recently, I accidentatlly removed python, causing a huge number of packages to be uninstalled. I reinstalled them, but now I am having problems. $ echo $PATH /home/paul/bin:/...
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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 my_site:...
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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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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 ...