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Old 07-01-2004, 07:27 AM   #1
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How do you start programs without typing ./

I'm pretty new to Linux. I've tried doing some coding using Free Pascal and GCC but to run them I have to type ./ before the program name. Is there anyway to override this?

Old 07-01-2004, 07:33 AM   #2
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You can add the current directory (.) to your path.

This is not a recommended practice though as you might run something sometime that you didn't intend to.

A better idea is to keep all your code in a given directory (e.g. ~/bin) and add that to your path.

You can do that in your .profile, if you're using bash, with this line

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin


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Old 07-01-2004, 07:36 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot.


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