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Old 09-08-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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how to change PATH in Debian squeeze


Dear all,

I am trying to change my PATH. I recently added a prg to a directory; this prg is a newer version of another prg and I have to install both to get things running. But as I want the newer prg to be tried first (texlive, it's packaged based), I need to add its directory before other directories.

So I added the following at the top of the ~/.bashrc file:
PATH=$PATH:/home/me/newdir
export PATH

then I did
source ~/.bashrc

then:
echo $PATH

and I got:
/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/local/games:/usr/games:/home/me/newdir


any idea why /home/me/newdir is not first in the PATH? And how to have it first?

Thanks,
 
Old 09-08-2012, 01:23 AM   #2
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is this a joke?
 
Old 09-08-2012, 01:39 AM   #3
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Well no it is not. I guess there is something that I have not fully understood. Anything more constructive maybe?
 
Old 09-08-2012, 02:22 AM   #4
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Your directory is not the first in PATH because you just put it at the end with:
Code:
PATH=$PATH:[yourdir]
This statement associates the variable PATH with $PATH (the previous content of PATH) followed by ":" then [yourdir].
You just have to reorder the assignment, like this:
Code:
PATH=[yourdir]:$PATH
 
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:44 AM   #5
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ok, now I get it. Thanks,
 
Old 09-08-2012, 03:15 AM   #6
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Mark the thread as solved, then
 
Old 09-09-2012, 01:55 AM   #7
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done. I didn't know how it worked, sorry. Thx again,
 
  


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