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Old 03-11-2001

In my /etc/profile, my $PATH variable is set as follows:

$PATH =/sbin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/etc

Then how do I add an additional directory to it? say

Please advise.


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Old 03-11-2001

$PATH =/sbin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/etc:/export/home/abd/rose

Add a ":" and new directory path

# 3  
Old 03-12-2001
Actually it should be;
export PATH

If you want is to search /export/home/abd/rose first, use;
export PATH

I'm not sure why you would have /etc in your search path though?
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Old 03-12-2001
I'm not sure why you would have /etc in your search path though?
Because some lame distributions (HP-UX for one) put binaries (or links to binaries) in /etc

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