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I am trying to install HP Fortify on RHEL 6.4. I installed it as the root user and can see on the PATH but when I login with a different user I can't see the software in the path. I have updated the permissions to 777.

Is the solution to add the path to the etc/profile or is there a better recommended approach to install software for all users?

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Is the solution to add the path to the etc/profile or is there a better recommended approach to install software for all users?

It depends on the software. Other approaches that might work include:

  • If there is a ./configure script, try getting it to install in a location that is already in everyone's path, such as --prefix=/usr.
  • Try symlinking each application binary into a standard path location, such as /usr/bin.
  • Try placing an adapter script in /usr/bin for each binary that prepends to PATH before running the corresponding application binary.

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