When i run su on command line and enter root password, I am getting error as mentioned below:

Command 'lesspipe' is available in the following places

  • /bin/lesspipe

  • /usr/bin/lesspipe

The command could not be located because '/usr/bin:/bin' is not included in the PATH environment variable.

lesspipe: command not found

Command 'dircolors' is available in '/usr/bin/dircolors'

The command could not be located because '/usr/bin' is not included in the PATH environment variable.

I have to manually export PATH variable which earlier used to work by default.

I then set the PATH variable in bashrc


Now whenever I run su, I get this :

bash: groups: command not found.

However, I can tab groups command and the PATH variable is also set. Does anyone have any idea where should PATH variable be set so that it is exported for all users?(it was working fine earlier without any errors)

1 Answer 1


It works for me:

reut@HP-EliteBook-8470p:~$ which lesspipe 

How to fix anyway?

Short answer - make sure the following line is in /etc/environment:


Notice the last folder is a specific folder you want to add. The folders you mentioned are in fact part of the PATH by default (unless you changed it).

If you want to extend your PATH:

# extend perserving old path (locations are prioritized by order)
export PATH

You can add this code in ~/.bashrc to have it available to you specifically.

you can also add /some/folder to the line I mentioned in /etc/environment to have it available to everyone, so you'd end up with:


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