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Old 10-05-2004, 04:42 PM   #1
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bash scripts and automation

Hi All,

I’m back with more basic questions…

As I have gotten more into Linux, I have installed various packages with success but have hit a snag every time. I don’t seem to be able to get things like directories to be defined in the profile to run.

For instance, I installed openvpn, and it resides in /usr/sbin, but if I try to run it fron anywhere but that directory, it doesn’t exist. I tried adding the directly to bash_profile, and when I do echo $PATH, it shows up, but I still can’t run it from anwhere else…

What am I doing wrong?

This leads onto the second question. Once I set certain things up, it seems like I have to update files to ensure they occur when I reboot the machine. Is there a list or procedure anywhere to tell me whn I make these changes, where I have to update the set up files for the setups to be initialized each time the server is re-booted?


Old 10-05-2004, 07:07 PM   #2
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I'm learning bash myself, try adding...

source .bash_profile
to your .bash_profile then logout and log back in to run your script.

You can run source .bash_profile from the command line; adding it to the .bash_profile makes it permanent, but you have to log out and log back in for it to take effect. If i am wrong someone correct me

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Old 10-06-2004, 03:27 AM   #3
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If I understand whay you're saying, they you are wrong: sourcing a file from inside itself will lead to an infinite loop!


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