Do we have anyway to add a path globally so that each user gets it in $PATH. I want to add path of ANT so that each user doesn't need to add it in his $PATH variable.

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    If you intend users to run a particular shell, say bash, then you could add the export line in /etc/bashrc as it will be read systemwide.
    – Ketan
    Dec 11, 2013 at 16:54

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Global paths should be set in /etc/profile or /etc/environment, just add this line to /etc/profile:

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    For ksh shell it was not working..after switching to bash shell it is working. Above changes are specific to bash shell ? Jan 22, 2021 at 13:24
  • @feelgoodandprogramming no, it should also work for ksh, but only if ksh is your login shell. The /etc/profile file is only read by login shells, so if you log in with ksh, then it will be read and any variables set there will be inherited by any other shells you launch. The details can get quite complicated though, I suggest you open a new question, tell us what operating system you use, how you log in, what your $SHELL is and other details and then we can examine why it didn't work for you.
    – terdon
    Jan 22, 2021 at 13:42

Many Linux distributions support the Linux Standard Base /etc/profile.d directory where configurations such as additional paths directives can go without touching the stock system files. The file name just needs an .sh extension.

For example

cat >> /etc/profile.d/some_name.sh << \EOF

Edit /etc/profile and update the Path manipulation section. Centos does not include the /usr/local/bin in the path.

# Path manipulation
if [ "$EUID" = "0" ]; then
    pathmunge /usr/sbin
    pathmunge /usr/local/sbin
    pathmunge /usr/local/bin
    pathmunge /usr/local/bin after
    pathmunge /usr/local/sbin after
    pathmunge /usr/sbin after
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    It looks like your code assumes bash is being used. Also, notice the aix tag on the question. This user is not using CentOS.
    – Kusalananda
    Mar 20, 2019 at 18:06

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