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I am looking to set up my laptop for both Python development and Phonegap Android development in OSX 10.8 using Eclipse. I installed the lastest version of Python (3.3) which added the code:

# Setting PATH for Python 3.3
# The orginal version is saved in .bash_profile.pysave
export PATH

to my .bash_profile. In process of setting up Phonegap you need to set up the PATH for the Android Development tools with the following line:

export PATH=${PATH}:/Development/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools:/Development/android-sdk-macosx/tools

Is it possible to set up both PATHs in the .bash_profile so that Python and Android development can take place simultaneously? Or would I need to switch between the PATHs depending on what type of development I would like to do?

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Yes, it is perfectly possible to have both statements coexist happily in .bash_profile. This file is evaluated sequentially from top to bottom, and the same environment variable ($PATH in this case) can be modified multiple times. If you wish, you can edit both into a single command:

export PATH="/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.3/bin:${PATH}:/Development/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools:/Development/android-sdk-macosx/tools"

to do both modifications at the same time, but this is no different from your current setup. Happy Pythoning!

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Thanks! I've got both the Python and Android commands working. – beatsforthemind Feb 27 '13 at 20:43

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