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Old 08-30-2005, 03:06 AM   #1
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Question PATH problem


Currently I am having some problem setting the path.

If I used the command:

followed by a

echo $PATH

I can see that the new path is included. However, if I restart my terminal. This path will be gone. Therefore using the above command only set the path temporarily. Can someone enlighten me how to set a path permanently?

Thanks in advance.

Old 08-30-2005, 03:22 AM   #2
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EDIT: Ups, I probably didn't get it right:

export PATH=...

if you want it to last for one session. But this doesn't last til the next boot.
You should look at /etc/profile, there should be the general PATH definition for all users. Alternatively you can change the bash config files in your home directory (I always confuse them, I think .bashrc or .bash_profile should be the ones).

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Old 08-30-2005, 08:48 AM   #3
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hmm, I think the PATH settings go in your .login don't they? I don't think you put them in your .cshrc although it may work from there.

I have the following in my .login (in my home dir) and it works fine:

setenv PATH {$PATH}:/loc/zagato/bin
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If you are using bash (Find out using "echo $SHELL"), then you need to add the line
export PATH=$PATH:/opt/xxx/xxx
to your .bashrc or .bash_profile.

As far as I know, .login is for tcsh or csh, which most people dont use. Of course, if you do use tcsh, then add the setenv line to .login.

I hope this helps
Old 08-31-2005, 09:11 PM   #5
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Hi all,

Thanks for all the valuable advices. I've managed to set the path "permanently" after adding the line
to the /etc/profile file.

Thanks for all the help.

With regards,


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