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Old 07-16-2004, 08:06 AM   #1
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Wink How do I change the $PATH to what I want permantly


I got the adobe plugin for mozilla 1.4.1 I have fedora core release 1 and it says I must have acroread in my path. the path is /usr/local/Acrobat-5/bin, I used the PATH="$PATH /usr/local/Acrobat-5/bin" at the command line echoed the $PATH and it was there. I rebooted and done a $PATH echo and it werent there. I used the symlink method instead and I can read PDF documents happily, but I would still like to know how I can change the $PATH permantly in case I may have to in the future
 
Old 07-16-2004, 08:07 AM   #2
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Add it to your .bashrc or .bash_profile or /etc/profile for users globally.
 
Old 07-18-2004, 09:45 AM   #3
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cheers tricky seemed to do the trick
 
Old 07-20-2004, 08:47 AM   #4
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Hi, just following up from this post. When I opened my bashrc to add the line, it said:

# PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE /etc/bash.bashrc There are chances that your changes
# will be lost during system upgrades. Instead use /etc/bash.bashrc.local
# for your local settings, favourite global aliases, VISUAL and EDITOR

I couldn't find the .local file. Is this something I have to create? If so, do I just copy the original bashrc, and how do I get the system to look for this .local file instead of the original?
 
Old 07-20-2004, 10:05 AM   #5
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Talking just use etc/profiles files

Go into the etc folder select the profiles file choose to open with your favourite text editor.

You will see a a series of pathmunge statements this is a variable to set up your paths. they all start with a ;

Just after these without the comma (choose) a blank line put:

Pathmunge /your/path

This should work it did for me.

You will have to reboot to see the results in an echo $PATH at the command line.
 
Old 07-20-2004, 10:31 AM   #6
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Hi,

But that will edit the profile. As the script says in my post before, upgrades could affect the profile so don't change that, instead change the profile.local.

I assume this means, upon upgrades, your profile could change so instead put your paths in a local version of your profile. I couldn't find this local version and was wondering how do I find it/set it up?

Thanks.
 
Old 07-20-2004, 10:50 AM   #7
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You can create it...it's just a text file.
Another option is copy /etc/bashrc(or bash_profile) to $HOME/.bashrc(or .bash_profile) and edit it to your pleasure. This leaves the system-wide settings untouched, and any upgrades won't affect your personal settings. I prefer doing this because 1) I can't screw up too severely by messing with system-wide settings, and 2) every user of the system can have his own choice of setting which can be easily backed up and transferred to other systems.
 
Old 07-20-2004, 10:56 AM   #8
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Thanks
 
Old 07-20-2004, 11:10 AM   #9
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Hi,

But that will edit the profile. As the script says in my post before, upgrades could affect the profile so don't change that, instead change the profile.local.

I assume this means, upon upgrades, your profile could change so instead put your paths in a local version of your profile. I couldn't find this local version and was wondering how do I find it/set it up?

Thanks.
just make a back up of the file/files!!!
if something odd happens during an upgrade........just restore it..............easy
 
  


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