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setting PATH variable and linux

david allen
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Joined: Sep 27, 2002
Posts: 185
I am trying to set the PATH variable. I issue the following command
export PATH
The PATH is then set but if I close down the terminal window the changes are gone.
Please help as I have almost reached breakiing point
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
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Note that this is not a Java question at all; this probably belongs in "General Computing."
Anyway, you have to put the shell commands you're showing us into a file that is executed when your shell starts. Precisely -which- file to use depends on which shell you're using, and also to a lesser extent on the details of how your system is set up. Your best bet is to put those lines into a file in your home directory named .bashrc (note that the name starts with a period, making it an "invisible" file.)

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Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
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Moving this to the Linux forum...
[ July 25, 2003: Message edited by: Dirk Schreckmann ]

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