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Re: What is a 'path'?


path refers to the list of directories through which your shell 
searches when you tell it to execute a command.  for example, when
you type 'ls' at the prompt, your shell executes /bin/ls.  as far as
messing around with your path, that depends in part on which shell you're

assuming you're using the default bash (or other borne compatible
shell), you can see your path by typing 

echo $PATH

to set your path to include /usr/X11R6/bin, you just need to say


on the commandline or in your .bashrc file.  what the line does is
basically set PATH to the value of PATH plus the new directory,

however, i'd imagine that this would already be taken care of for you
and you shouldn't need to manually do it if you've installed X stuff
with debian.


On Sun, Dec 01, 2002 at 11:36:54PM -0500, alex wrote:
> An instruction says:
> "First, be sure that /usr/X11R6/bin is on your path."
> What is my "path" and how can I check it?   Is this a matter 
> of just editing 'path' and adding /usr/X11R6/bin?
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