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I know that administrators should be installing such binaries in /usr/local/bin, but what if a user doesn't have admin access? And/or what if a user wanted said binaries to travel with their home folder? Naturally, it would seem that any such location would have to be manually added to the $PATH, but I'm curious to know where other people are putting these?

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Small programs and scripts in $HOME/bin, and larger packages in $HOME/local subtree (which includes a bin folder)

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Thank you. And what would you prescribe as the best way of adding this to the user's path? .profile? .bash_profile? something else? –  jaydisc May 29 '12 at 6:26

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