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Old 05-23-2009, 09:18 AM   #1
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ls command not working

Hi there

i am using cent os 5.2 on a hosting having plesk as i have ssh access i was working with the apache ant and my java path was not getting setup

so i accidentally did this

PATH=$(echo $PATH | sed -e 's;:\?/home/user/bin;;' -e 's;/home/user/bin:\?;;')

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after that my ls command is not working and nothing is working
no command is working

can anybody help

how can i fix the whole thing
Old 05-23-2009, 09:21 AM   #2
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Thats some accident...
Whats in your path at the moment? What is the output of
/bin/echo $PATH

Last edited by jamescondron; 05-23-2009 at 09:22 AM. Reason: Correction, absolute command
Old 05-23-2009, 09:25 AM   #3
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try `/bin/echo $PATH`

seems pretty obvious that you borked your $PATH so that it doesn't include the basic bin directories where your system's commands are. Put them back in $PATH.

if you can't figure that out, break your connection, log in again, and don't do that again.
Old 05-23-2009, 09:27 AM   #4
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If you exit the ssh and ssh back in, the $PATH should be reset to whatever the login uses.

Old 05-23-2009, 07:52 PM   #5
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This might help. On my Centos 5.3 my default PATH is



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