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Old 05-02-2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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add a directory to PATH


I am using Fedora, how do I add a directory to my PATH. Do I do it in bashrc or bash_profile?

What syntax to I use when adding this?

Thanks

harry
 
Old 05-02-2008, 12:14 PM   #2
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you put it in your .bashrc file. to add the directory /home/usr/bin to your path, you would just add

PATH="$PATH:/home/usr/bin"
export PATH

the $PATH part makes sure you keep all the other directories in your path. the PATH variable is a string containing directories seperated by colons (, so it will look like

echo $PATH
/usr/bin:/home/usr/bin:/other/directories/bin

etc.
 
Old 05-02-2008, 12:19 PM   #3
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Thanks

Thanks for your reply,

at the minute my file looks like this:

# .bashrc

# Source global definitions
if [ -f /etc/bashrc ]; then
. /etc/bashrc
fi

# User specific aliases and functions


where would this new path be inserted??

Thanks again for your help

Harry
 
Old 05-02-2008, 12:22 PM   #4
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Also, to take effect you must logout and login again or
run source /etc/.bashrc

The source command can reread the .bashrc file without you exiting.

Note: Sometimes the PATH variable is in /etc/profile

Last edited by dv502; 05-02-2008 at 12:23 PM.
 
Old 05-02-2008, 12:30 PM   #5
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put it after

# User specific aliases and functions

Quote:
Note: Sometimes the PATH variable is in /etc/profile
if you want to change the PATH variable system-wide (for all users), you would want to change it there. if you only want to change if for you account, or you don't have root access, but it in your .bashrc file.
 
Old 05-02-2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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thanks

thanks a million guys
 
  


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