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I am trying to set the PATH variable. I issue the following command PATH=$PATH/usr/java/j2sdk1.4.2/bin 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 david
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.)