Ok. So, I'm used to Ubuntu and CentOS more than redhat, so I'm hoping there's some obvious solution to this that I'm missing.

I've installed Anaconda (Python). I've placed it in:


I would like for myself and all users to be able to have the following in their paths:


I have googled around and have gained a lot of conflicting information about how to "properly" accomplish my mission.

Stuff I have tried:

  1. Adding a bash script to /etc/profile.d
  2. Editing /etc/profile
  3. Editing /etc/bashrc
  4. Adding to root bashrc
  5. Editing user .bashrc

All edits involved some form of:



export PATH=/opt/anaconda3/bin:$PATH

Option 2 yielded the addition of /opt/anaconda3/bin to the path for multiple users, but after terminal restarts still did not run the commands within bin (i.e. conda install, ipython notebook, etc.)

Any ideas?


2 Answers 2


Create a file named (say) anaconda.sh in /etc/profile.d/ with the contents:


The trailing ".sh" is important, as that is the syntax that /etc/profile uses to search for files to include. Bash will read /etc/profile at login. If you want a current shell/terminal to pick up the change, just run . /etc/profile.d/anaconda.sh.

If you encounter situations where a non-interactive shell needs it, you're left with ~/.bashrc (unless the calling environment uses --rcfile to override that behavior).


Append the path to the file paths mentioned in the /etc/environment file.

This is loaded first before the local users directory .bashrc file is loaded so its the best place to set system wide vars.

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