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Old 08-24-2010, 06:26 AM   #1
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set path for different software in the bashrc file

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I am a begginner in linux using redhat. I have installed a software and set the variables in the .bashrc file to avoid setting them everytime I would like to run te software. Now I have installed a new software and would like to do the same thing in the .bashrc file. How can I add the path to the new software directory without affecting the first software path.
Old 08-24-2010, 06:33 AM   #2
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Please paste whatever you have tried so far here.

If you want to set another variable, do the same thing which you did to set the variable before.

export $VAR
If you want to append path then append it in your ~/.bash_profile
Path in bold is appended new path.

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Old 08-24-2010, 07:03 AM   #3
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The usual way to achieve what you want to do is the /etc/profile.d system. Each software that needs environmental variables set installs a *.sh script in that directory. When bash starts up a login shell it runs /etc/profile and /etc/profile runs (sources) all the /etc/profile.d/*.sh scripts. This has the advantage of modularising the configuration scripts so that /etc/profile itself does not need to be changed each time a new software is installed, upgraded or removed.

If you want to set the software environmental variables for one user only, rather than globally, you could implement something like the /etc/profile.d system in the home directory, with say a ~/.bashrc.d directory.


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