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Old 03-08-2005, 06:06 AM   #1
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opening a program from shell

i am unable to open some programs without cd-ing into the directory concerned. what shall be done to open a program directly from the shell whichever the pwd is?
thanking you
Old 03-08-2005, 06:10 AM   #2
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Create a symlink to the file in /usr/local/bin. Like so
ln -s /path/to/executable /usr/local/bin/executable
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Either that or type the full path to the executable.


put program directory in your path

put this in your .bash_profile


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Old 03-08-2005, 08:40 AM   #4
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whereis is your friend, also.

whereis program_name

Then just cut and paste the whole path.
Old 03-08-2005, 10:33 AM   #5
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thanks a lot for your replies.. it is fine now


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