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The ./ is necessary for applying scripts. When I installed Firefox 2, I installed the folder in /usr/local, then I created a desktop icon and in the properties of the icon I put /usr/local/firefox/./firefox in the command path box. Now all I do is click on the icon to open firefox 2.
you will see all the places Linux expects your programs to be. If you installed your program somewhere else, then you'll need to let the shell know where you placed the program. Something like /home/libertes/filename, or if in the current directory ./filename
You can change the PATH variable at login in various places, depending on your distribution and what shell you log into. Try "man bash" and have a look around.
Up here in the great Canadian Oil Sands, they've adopted this Acronym style of making signs to help one find there way in these large industrial settings. They also preach "SAFETY FIRST". The acronym signage is confusing to people not accustomed to the site to the point it is dangerous. So for that reason, I have a problem with acronyms.
Clarity is always better.
Last edited by Junior Hacker; 01-22-2007 at 11:10 PM.
Ok, I'm not totally sure what the question really is, but have you tried appending a . to the beginning of the path in /etc/profile? It's really bad for security but will allow for local execution of scripts in any directory.