I was trying to set PATH in etc/environment file, but after adding the desired path the $PATH is showing an error in terminal:

bash: /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games: No such file or directory

Here's the content of environment file:


I was trying to add the path to the folder google_appengine to the PATH as mentioned in this Answer, but it doesn't seem to work.

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    @Rinzwind Actually, I'm guessing he checked the path by just typing $PATH into the terminal, rather than echo $PATH
    – glibdud
    Nov 10, 2012 at 17:29
  • @glibdud exactly, but what's the problem here? echo $PATH returns /usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin for root , and for other users it returns /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games. Nov 10, 2012 at 17:31

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After adding to the path in /etc/environment, you'll need to log out of your user session and back in. After that, it should pick up the new path.


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