The situation is the following:

  • So far I have only used pip to install any package I needed or also apt-get sometimes. I have installed things like tensorflow with gpu support and things like that. At least at the time I installed this I was not aware of an easy way to install tensorflow in anaconda with gpu support, so I decided to just install it on the regular/standard python.
  • Now and for the future I intend to use anaconda. But I do not want to lose easy access to my old python libraries, but also not have to reinstall everything in anaconda.
  • Now I installed anaconda. But when I now open Jupyter notebook I am in the conda python, as I have added the conda path.

Is there maybe an easy way to achieve the following: When I open a terminal, all I need to do is type a quick command that will only then add the anaconda path?

This is to achieve that when I just open the terminal and type jupyter notebook, my go to python distribution will be the distribution where I installed tensorflow and stuff. And then I can easily use the command to enter the anaconda environments.

The following line in the .bashrc will add the conda path:

$ export PATH=~/anaconda2/bin:$PATH

So my question probably boils down to this: Is there a way to link this with some sort of command? So that the following would happen if I open a terminal:

jupyter notebook

--> jupyter notebook starts, NOT using anaconda. But when I do:

jupyter notebook

--> jupyter notebook starts, using anaconda

Big thanks in advance. I am rather new to shell stuff. Any link to how to create such a command will be much appreciated. I looked for it, maybe using the wrong words, but haven't found exactly this.

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    Your question is kind of a wall of text. Do you think you could add some formatting to make it easier to read? See here for an example of good formatting. Commented May 4, 2017 at 12:39

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export PATH=~/anaconda2/bin:$PATH. When run in a terminal session (as opposed to from ~/.profile or ~/.bashrc), it will only affect that session and its child processes.

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