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Old 07-24-2001
Hammer & Screwdriver Paths update

After unpacking a solaris 2.6 package with success, I need to update the paths so I can "see"the new software.
The manual shows me what the path should be but I don't have a clue on how to change that.
Asking a stupid question makes me look stupid 30 sec. Not asking makes me stupid the rest of my life....right ?

thanks for your help.
# 2  
Old 07-24-2001
The PATH variable can be set on a one off basis for that login session at the command line thus:

PATH=$PATH:/new/path/to/add

Or to make this permanent for a particular user edit that user's .profile, in their home directory - there should be a PATH definition in that file, simply add the new path(s) as you would do on the command line above.

Regards.
alwayslearningunix
# 3  
Old 07-24-2001
This is slightly off the subject, but is that how you set global variables like PATH, EDITOR, etc.?

As in EDITOR = $EDITOR:/blah/blah

???
# 4  
Old 07-24-2001
Yes,

Or they can be placed in your .bashrc, .cshrc, etc. depending on the shell you are using.


Quote:
Originally posted by ober5861
This is slightly off the subject, but is that how you set global variables like PATH, EDITOR, etc.?

As in EDITOR = $EDITOR:/blah/blah

???
# 5  
Old 07-24-2001
Well, I think:
EDITOR = $EDITOR:/blah/blah
would be a bad idea...
To set your editor to /usr/bin/vim, I would type:
EDITOR=/usr/bin/vim

What PATH=$PATH:/blah/bin does, is sets your path equal to the current PATH, and appends your new directory on the end.

To see what a variable currently is, to can expand it out:

echo $PATH

Please post back if I'm not making sence. I tend to ramble at times. Smilie


# 6  
Old 07-25-2001
Makes sense to me. That answered another question I had, so thank you!
 

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