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Old 06-29-2001, 12:32 PM   #1
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Question Where does $PATH initially&subsequently get set?

I can't find where in the manuals that tells how $PATH is initially
set from a boot-up and then also what other scripts from then on
which might also be modifying $PATH.

The problem I'm trying to clear up is that my $PATH has got
several duplicate entries and I want to clean it up. But, I don't
know 'who' all is setting it up and 'who' all is making modifications
along the way.

I have looked in /etc/profile which contains the following:

if ! echo $PATH | /bin/grep -q "/usr/X11R6/bin" ; then

My question is, if /etc/profile is the first script to execute which
sets $PATH, then WHY is it testing it for the presence of a path
name if it isn't expecting $PATH to ALREADY have been set to
some value????? If there were to be something there,
(viz. "/usr/X11R6/bin") then /etc/profile could not have been the
first script to set $PATH.

The following is in my /root/.bash_profile (I am having this
symptom while logged in as root):


From boot-up, which script is the first to set up the default $PATH?
From log-in, what other scripts may or will be run to modify the

I'm using RedHat 7.1

Old 07-01-2001, 07:39 PM   #2
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Have you checked in /home/<username>/.bashrc?

That is were I edit my PATH.


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