I log into a server to do scientific computations. It runs 'Scientific Linux version 7.4'.
In order to get access to different software I have to run a command like 'module load x'. For instance to use python I need to write 'module load python'. I don't know much about this module system but from what I can tell it just modifies some environmental variables. Typing "module show python" reveals
module-whatis This module sets up PYTHON 3.6 in your environment.
append-path MODULEPATH /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modfiles/python/3.6
setenv PYTHON_DIR /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modules/langs/python/3.6
prepend-path PATH /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modules/langs/python/3.6/bin
prepend-path CPATH /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modules/langs/python/3.6/include
prepend-path FPATH /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modules/langs/python/3.6/include
prepend-path INCLUDE /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modules/langs/python/3.6/include
prepend-path LIBRARY_PATH /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modules/langs/python/3.6/lib
prepend-path PKG_CONFIG_PATH /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modules/langs/python/3.6/lib/pkgconfig
prepend-path MANPATH /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modules/langs/python/3.6/share/man
When I load python I also gain access to conda (whose executable is found in /global/software/sl-7.x86_64/modules/langs/python/3.6/bin).
Normally I cannot run conda without first loading the python module. But recently I noticed that this changed and now I can run conda without loading the python module. This confused me so I typed 'which conda' to see if I could find what executable is being run, but when I do it says that 'no conda is found' in any of the directories on my PATH variable.
How is it possible that 'which' cannot find the conda executable despite the fact that I can still run conda?