Today I wanted to run ss -tpla command to see network connections, to my surprize I got error: unknown option -t. Then I checked location of ss command:

 ~$ whereis ss
 ss: /bin/ss /usr/local/bin/ss /usr/share/man/man8/ss.8.gz

As you see I have two ss commands, one in /bin/ss and the other in /usr/local/bin/ss.

I might have installed another application with the same name from source code into /usr/local/bin/ss. I don't remember when and usage of it but it's not the command I want to run. Strange thing is that when I run

 ss -tpla  

it redirects the command to /usr/local/bin/ss I can run actual ss command with

 /bin/ss  -tpla

I thought /bin has the priority over other paths.

My question is what determines priorities of system paths and how I can override them.


You can give /bin/ss priority by creating a symbolic link to it.

sudo mkdir /opt/ss
sudo ln -s /bin/ss /opt/ss/

and add /opt/ss to your path before /usr/local/bin

export PATH=/opt/ss:$PATH
$ echo $PATH

to make this permanent, add to the end of ~/.profile


Your PATH does.

$ echo $PATH

and please do not just change the path (it will likely change more than just "ss"). Use

/bin/ss  -tpla
  • so the priority is the same as in PATH env variable? – kenn Feb 20 '16 at 13:29

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