A set of dynamic variables that can affect the running processes.

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How do I set a path permanently? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add a directory to my path? I am trying to install the play framework permanently. http://www.playframework.org/documentation/2.0.2/Installing export PATH=$PATH:/...
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$PATH from /etc/environment overwritten

I'm upgrading a bunch of installations of 10.04 to 12.04. In 10.04 I used to define system wide env. variables in /etc/environment. It works, but not for $PATH that seems to be overwirtten. I don't ...
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What does “export” do?

I never understand what "export" does. For example, what's the difference between these two? PYTHONPATH=/home/myaccount/ & export PYTHONPATH and PYTHONPATH=/home/myaccount/ One with export ...
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Environment variables - where are they stored by linux, how do I change them and is it safe to do so?

I am trying to configure a build from source an old version of gcc on my dev machine. The documentation highlight several environment variables that need to be changed in order to do this. I was ...
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PATH variable resets with reboot

Just as the title indicates my PATH variable resets after every reboot. I read that I have to edit my bashrc file's PATH variable, but I don't have anything there that suggests anything related to the ...
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Why isn't adding a path to “.profile” working?

I am using Lubuntu 12.04. I am having problems setting the path variable for my application. I am trying to set the path variable in the .profile file, however after adding the path when I echo $...
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“FreeType NOTFOUND” error when trying to build Okular from source

I am trying to build Okular from source. I checked out commit 8ab768 from Tue Jul 10 17:45:23 2012 +0100. However, FreeType seems to be missing in some path variable. Here is the output from cmake. $ ...
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How do I set persistent environment variables for root?

To create persistent environment variables, I add the script file to /etc/profile.d directory, for example: # my script export MY_VAR=var_value This works properly for current user: alex@alex-64:...
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How to read the password from variable?

I am trying to move my file to another system which is located in some other place, with this command: rsync -avrz src destination It works fine. But what I need is to put this command in shell ...
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setting XDG_DATA_DIRS and XDG_DATA_HOME

I made some mistake by setting environment variabel Now i can not launch any application from the console and recieve this error: GLib-GIO-ERROR **: No GSettings schemas are installed on the system ...
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JAVA_HOME is not defined correctly [closed]

I installed java jdk hotspot 1.7. When I type java -version I am getting: java version "1.7.0" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0-b147) This is correct. And I tried to install maven, ...
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How do I set and use shell variables?

IRSTLM=$HOME/irstlm I need help setting this variable up. Was wondering if this is correct syntax IRSTLM=/home/user/irstlm Is that possible to run from root? I need it to be done in root in order ...
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How do I set JAVA environment variables system wide?

I work as java/j2ee application developer so kindly tell me how to set JAVA_HOME, JRE_HOME, CLASSPATH so that I may use Tomcat, Mysql ,java all together in Terminal. I may be using all together in a ...
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How to set an environment variable for system users [duplicate]

how can I change the environment variable PATH for all users, even system users which have no home directory? I have tried setting it in /etc/environment and /etc/login.defs but the changed do not ...
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Difference between ~/folder and /home/username/folder when creating a path in /etc/environment

I had an executable script on my ubuntu located on ~/project/ directory and I tried to add that path to /etc/environment . So , I edit the path to this PATH="/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/...
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difference between bash.bashrc and /etc/environment file

Till date I used to set my environment variables in the bash.bashrc file. Recently I was told to use the /etc/environment file. Well, both work fine. So, what is the difference between them? I ...
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Difference between launching an application from a keyboard shortcut vs the terminal?

What I have observed: When I type emacs in gnome-terminal, it launches in the same environment, with variables set in .bashrc. If I use a keyboard shortcut to the command emacs, it opens in an ...
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“Pointers” with $ Syntax in /etc/environment

Is it valid to have "pointers" in /etc/environment using $FOO syntax? Right now my /etc/environment looks like this: JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk MAVEN_HOME=/usr/bin/apache-maven/apache-...
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Why doesn't apache2 respect my envvars file?

My envvar files has these lines in it: export APACHE_RUN_USER=www-data export APACHE_RUN_GROUP=www-data My apache2.conf has these lines in it: # These need to be set in /etc/apache2/envvars User $...
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Set variable in .desktop file

Is there a way to set the enviroment variable in .desktop file? I'm trying to run application (eclipse) with custom gtk style, so basically I want to get the following result by runing a .desktop file:...
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Correct place to set $BIBINPUTS environment variable

If I set the $BIBINPUTS environment varibale in my .zshrc, it is recognized by emacs-reftex (via emacsclient), if I start emacs from my zsh commandline. However if I start using the menubar or gmrun ...
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Environment variables in motd not working

I’m trying to send user login logs to my email with the users name and location. After making the script I found that environment variables can’t run in this script, I’m hoping that someone out there ...
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Is there a GUI to edit the PATH variable?

There's a GUI in Windows to edit the path variable. I was wondering if there's something equivalent in Ubuntu to do the same.
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What is the PATH environment variable and how do I add to it?

I just installed picc-9.82.9453-linux.run from Microchip website, and at the end it asked me ==> NOTE: You may wish to add the following /usr/hitech/picc/9.82/bin to your PATH ...
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enviroment variables are not loaded

I use Qt Creator to manage my C++ codes on xubuntu 12.04 LTS. I have a bunch of environment variables defined in .bashrc_vars that are loaded in .bashrc. These variables are required for building my ...
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What is the difference between `VAR=…` and `export VAR=…`?

What is the difference in doing $ MAVEN_OPTS="-Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=384m" to doing $ export MAVEN_OPTS="-Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=384m" and is there any side-effect of doing either in an SSH ...
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Setting the PATH so it applies to all users, including root/sudo

The instructions in How do I set PATH variables for all users on a server? work to set the PATH for all 'normal' users. However, if I do sudo -s and then printenv PATH the updated path is not shown. I'...
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How to open ~/.pam_environment?

I wanted to set environment variables JAVA_HOME and PATH. So I wanted to open ~/.pam_environment since it is the best place to set environment variables relevant to a particular user according to the ...
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Why ~/.bash_profile is not getting sourced when opening a terminal?

Problem I have an Ubuntu 11.04 Virtual Machine and I wanted to set up my Java development environment. I did as follows sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk Added the following entries to ~/....
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Environment variable blank inside application

I have an environment variable that I've set in ~/.profile with the following line: export APPDIR=/path/to/dir When I log in and load up a terminal, I can verify that the variable is set: $ ...
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symbolic link to /opt

How do you : "Create as administrator (sudo) one link in /usr/bin to the command that you'd like to call (for example with8.5 and tclsh8.5). One time that you had create the links you can run ...
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Setting environment variables when executing Eclipse via Unity launcher icon

My question is a followup for the following: How to pin Eclipse to the Unity launcher? I created Eclipse's icon to the Unity launcher based on the selected answer at the above link. However, when I ...
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How can I reset $PATH to its default value in Ubuntu 11.10?

I accidentally unset all the directories of $PATH while trying to add a new one in ~/.bashrc. I opened a new terminal window as I was editing and now $PATH is empty. I'm worried if I boot from another ...
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Rails application directory has different $PATH value than other directories on the system

I recently installed Rails 3.2.1 (Gem version 1.8.7) running on Ruby 1.9.3 on Ubuntu 11.10. I installed ruby, rails, and gem using rvm. I currently only have the one version installed. When I type "...
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environment variables

I want to ask newbie question about environment variables in ubuntu I'm trying to configure maven3 using /etc/environment. I installed maven manually i.e. unpacked, moved to /opt/maven. My /etc/...
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Default Ruby version set with RVM not recognized by system

I'm trying to get the system to use the Ruby version I've set with RVM. The following commands produce this output: $ rvm use 1.9.2 --default Using /usr/share/ruby-rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p180 $ rvm ...
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Adding directory to PATH, various ways and differences

I have seen the thread How to add a directory to my path? I already have added the directory in my PATH by directly editing the /etc/environment. However, I do not get the command working when I use ...
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Which PATH variable is valid for launchers?

In my .bashrc file I have defined PATH variable, but it seems it's not validated by desktop launchers Where should I define PATH variable so that launchers can pick it up?
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Unable to press 'E' key in bash when I add export EDITOR=vim in /etc/inputrc

When I add the line export EDITOR=vim into /etc/inputrc and start a new session in BASH, I am unable to press the E key on the keyboard. (Well, I can press it, physically, but nothing shows up in the ...
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How to use text extracted from the “grep” command as an argument in a bash script?

I have a file called "krylov_methods", which has text like this: cg - preconditioned cgne - normal equations nash - cg subject to constraint stcg - another method for constraints gmres - ...
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Explanation of exporting a path variable

Was hoping someone can explain what the command to exporting a path variable means? e.g.: alias TEST1="/usr/local/test1" export PATH=$TEST1:$PATH Does the colon append?
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Add bash script folder to path?

I have some bash scripts in an application folder that I'd like to use as if they were on my path. If they were straight-up applications, I'd just add the directory to ~/.bashrc, but these are ...
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Why doesn't changing a variable in a script alter it outside the script?

Let's say I export a variable with the terminal. After that I call a script that alters that variable to something else. But when I return to the terminal and echo the variable, it remains as its ...
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How to add a user environment aware application launcher to unity panel?

Here is my problem: When I search from Unity's Dash Home for NetBeans and drag&drop it to unity launcher it, I observed that netbeans does not have access to my environment variables which were ...
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How do I install the Instant Messaging application IP Messenger?

I've recently downloaded g2ipmsg (IP Messenger for Ubuntu 11.10). However - this comes not as an installable package as previous ubuntu versions. Thus I think I need to compile it. This application ...
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Is there a difference between using setuid()/setgid() within a program and invoking it with sudo -u xxx -g xxx?

Consider this python script, which invokes HandBrakeCLI, a program that attempts to read from the dvd drive: invoke.py #!/usr/bin/python import sys import os import subprocess as subp import ...
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How to move the user cache directory [~/.cache] out of the /home directory to another partition

The .cache directory is full of volatile, non-essential files. I would like to move it to a more appropriate partition, i.e. faster and not backed up. I believe that ~/.pam_environment file is ...
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Setting Java CLASSPATH

I've done java development before but generally on windows (but I'm by no means an expert). I just want to set my CLASSPATH. When I run: echo $CLASSPATH (Is that right)? I get a empty line. So, ...
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How do I set an environment variable in a Unity session?

As a work-around to an issue with ibus, I'm trying to unset the variable $IBUS_ENABLE_SYNC_MODE. I have tried placing "unset IBUS_ENABLE_SYNC_MODE" in various places including: .profile .bashrc /etc/...
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Referencing environment variables *in* /etc/environment?

I recently discovered /etc/environment, which seems a more standard way to setup simple environment variables than scripts, but I was wondering if there was a way to back-reference environment ...