The concept that software will look in several folders, in the order stored as the path, to find which programs should be allowed to run.

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How to set PATH for Finder-launched applications

Apps launched via Finder seem to not respect the PATH as set in .bash_profile. So when I try to run code from an IDE (Intellij) I no longer have access to programs in /usr/local/bin, which is ...
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Open Finder window from current Terminal location?

If I am in a specific path in a Terminal window, how can I open that same window in a new Finder window? Note: This is the opposite of opening a Terminal from Finder.
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Amending PATH so that /usr/local/bin is ahead of /usr/bin

I'm trying to install brew but get the following warning: Warning: /usr/bin occurs before /usr/local/bin This means that system-provided programs will be used instead of those provided by Homebrew. ...
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How to change PATH environment variable to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that will be visible to GUI applications?

I tried all methods I heard of for setting environment variables on OS X 10.8 but none of them seems to work. To test, run a bash script from inside a gui application like Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA. ...
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GCC not found, but Xcode is installed

I have Xcode installed, but when I type gcc in terminal I get "command not found". Maybe I messed up the $PATH variable? What is suposed to be the default value? EDIT: (...):/ imac2$ echo $PATH ...
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How do I change the location of screen captures on 10.5?

As a developer, I take a lot of screen captures. I often take a lot to share with StackExchange members on chat. The problem is my desktop is so cluttered with screen captures that they're now ...
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Reset your PATH variable

I stuffed up (basically wiped) my PATH variable. Is there any way to reset it to the default? I look at How do I reset the $PATH variable on Mac OS X?, but I find it very confusing. As far as I ...
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How to change path in Finder by entering the path manually?

It seems that by default there is no way to enter a whole path in the Finder, so instead one should traverse through all the tree to get somewhere deep in the filesystem. Is there anyway to overcome ...
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How can I add a path to the PATH environment variable?

I want to add a path to the PATH environment variable? I have tried with export PATH=/mypath:$PATH and it works. But the next time I start the Terminal, my new path is not int the PATH environment ...
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How are paths to files and folders constructed in OS X?

I need to indicate a right file path to read a .csv file into R on OS X, but how can I find where the file is stored? Looking at Excel files, the file path starts at users/…, but there is no ...
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In Mountain Lion how do I set, in one place, the PATH environment variable for all newly launched applications?

On Ask Different there are many questions regarding the PATH environment variable and how to set it for applications launched by a shell, by spotlight or via the finder (typical questions: How to set ...
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Newly Installed App (gem) Via Terminal, Path?

I have used sudo gem install to install a few gems. My question is how do I know where the executable was installed, so I can add it to the path in .bash_profile?
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OS X Mavericks bash_profile paths don't work

I need to create a new path in OS X Mavericks. To do so, I edited .bash_profile: export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8" export PGHOST=localhost export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/heroku/bin export ...
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How is my $PATH variable built in Mountain Lion?

I've recently installed Homebrew on my Mac and it's complaining that /usr/bin occurs before /usr/local/bin in my $PATH variable, meaning that system-provided programs will be used instead of those ...
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How to make an executable .py available everywhere on OS X?

I have this directory /foo/bar/. Inside, I have a python file named myfile.py. I made it executable by adding (at the top): #!/usr/bin/env python Then, I made it executable by issuing chmod +x ...
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How do I add a new route to the PATH variable?

Although this question is being answered many times, I could not find any help from previous posts, so here it is again. I have tried to add a new route to PATH variable with no success. I have ...
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How to recursively edit path of symlinks?

This is an additional question that began with this one - How to edit Symbolic Links in OS X? Now that I know how to edit the path symlinks point to, I'm trying to figure out how to do this ...
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Removing the builtin command-line utilities from PATH, zsh

Okay, so I'm a Linux power user, that is I feel most at home when I have access to the command-line, and I'm very much used to using GNU coreutils, so now that I've installed GNU coreutils on Mac OS X ...
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Delete things from $PATH

I fiddled with my $PATH and now it's not working correctly anymore. So I thought, well, just remove the last things I added. However, I can't seem to figure out how. I added things like so export ...
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I want to remove an entry in my $PATH

I'm running OS 10.8. When I echo $PATH my terminal outputs ...
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Exporting the filepath of all music files to a text file

I'd love to know the syntax within Terminal to export the filename and path of all my music of various types (I have legacy Windows .wma files too). I'd presumably export those file to a .txt or .xls ...
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Adding gedit to my PATH

I finally made the jump and got a MacBook, and I'm trying to move in. I have the OSX port of gedit installed, but I'm having trouble adding it to my PATH. My current PATH looks like this: export ...
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make it easier to call often used terminal commands

I have a java tool that I use quite often from the command line but to use it I have to type java -jar dsim.jar. I want to make it so that I can call it just by typing dsim regardless of what ...
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Mac OS X Mavericks - add to path

I'm trying to set up a phonegap project and while trying to add a platform it outputs the following error: Error: The command "android" failed. Make sure you have the latest Android SDK installed, ...
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Change Web Sharing “Sites” folder to SkyDrive?

I'm building a web site. There are three Macs that I commonly use for development, depending upon my location: an iMac in San Diego, and iMac in Vegas, and a MacBook Air in all other places. As I move ...
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Homebrew PATH error Mac OS X 10.6.8

So I've found this wildly helpful blog (http://blog.wyeworks.com/) and managed to muddle my way to step 5 (after leaving ridiculous comments after getting stuck on step one) $ brew install ...
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How do I change $PATH and set it to the default directory?

For some reason when I run echo $PATHI get the following directory: /Users/<home>/Library/Applications/. How do I set it back to its default location so that I don't have to run this command, ...
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How do I undo “export PATH='/usr/local/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile”

I was trying to install homebrew, which wasn't working. It told me to do echo export PATH='/usr/local/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile. However this wasn't having any affect, and I thought maybe it ...
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Terminal $PATH error

I was adding a $PATH to .bash_profile: PATH="/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/bin:$PATH" So I could install PEAR on MAMP. That all worked, but now I have an this error each time I start up: ...
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Where should shell tools be installed?

Are there Apple guidelines for where user shell tools in Mountain Lion should be installed? Some (e.g. TeX, or Apple's Git) end up in /usr, and others (e.g. X11) seem to end up in /opt (sometimes with ...
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Adding Mac-specific directory to PATH when home is shared

My /home/myusername/ directory is provided through a network, and looks exactly the same on my Linux machine and my Mac Mini. I'd like to add to PATH a directory of Mac-specific software in my home, ...
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How to add a directory to my path that includes a colon and a space?

I installed MIT/GNU scheme and am trying to add the directory to my $PATH variable so that I can run it from Terminal. The app name MIT:GNU Scheme.app is a veritable "perfect storm" (for path names) ...
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Where are my all installed programs?

I am new to Mac OS X and till the time I was using Windows 7/8. I tried to download and install programs in Mac OS X, but I do not see them in Launchpad. Where are all my programs are going. ...
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How to remove an environment variable on Snow Leopard

I'm running under Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and I recently added an environment variable which it seems to be messing my bash terminal (I guess). What I did is add the variable ...
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What is the recommend location for storing compiled binaries for NON-admins?

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 ...
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Where can I test a path?

I have tto check a path like "volume1:FTPRoot:StenRoot:Stnp00:A12:B38:f000031913". Is there an easy place where I can paste this to unsure me that this path is valid ? PS / I can follow it manually, ...
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Script doesn't find file

Suppose my_folder contains my_script and my_program. my_script tries to run ./my_program -myoptions. It works when I cd into the directory, but not when I double click on it. Here is the output: ...
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Why does my path not get saved even after editing ~/.bashrc? [duplicate]

I've added maven to my path, but it doesn't seem to be persisting to the path beyond the lifetime of the terminal application. I've modified my ~/.bashrc, but it still isn't storing the modified ...
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Escaped path in AppleScript adds leading /

I have the following AppleScript that I am trying to debug: tell application "System Events" set theResult to (do shell script "sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\\ Support/Dock/desktoppicture.db ...
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Permission denied error when opening Terminal

I'm using a clean install of 10.8. I wanted to add a couple of directories to my path. I tried adding them to /etc/paths using sudo vim /etc/paths Now when I open a terminal window I see this: ...
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brew path didn't cover sbin

I have problem when I used brew to install aircrack-ng. I found out that it cover path /usr/local/Cellar/aircrack-ng/1.1/bin but it couldn't find commands after I tried tab-completion in path ...
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Many programs notify me that “grep/sed/uname/… not found”; some run, some don't. My system(?) path is damaged, how do I go about a diagnosing it?

Some manifestations of this problem: macports won't install, MATLAB won't run, BTT works but incessantly spams me with " not found" popups, and emacs shell does not work. My interactive shell PATH is ...
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Reset Aperture Import Locations (paths for referenced masters)?

I run Aperture 3.5 (latest at the time of writing this) and I use referenced masters. Over the time I've changed my directories now and then and all my files are now neatly stored on one drive in one ...
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File path error in Applescript/TextExpander

I use the following code to open my dropbox folder quickly using textexpander. tell application "Finder" activate set f to POSIX file "/Users/MrT/Dropbox" open f end tell Which works, ...
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How to bend a path in Keynotes?

I can not find the 'curved path button' in the Build Inspector which allows me to curve a path. Can anyone tell me where to find it?
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Why can't I chmod to make a file executable without sudo?

On OS X 10.6.8, I made a small script file in my home directory and tried to make it executable. Surprisingly, I found that chmod had no effect until I ran it as super-user. I own and have write ...
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Can homebrew and RVM agree on a $PATH?

I'm trying to install Yeoman.io and part of it requires Homebrew to be installed. I am on Mountain Lion (10.8) and things seemed to install correctly except when I run $ homebrew doctor it complains ...
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How is $PATH created?

I am still relatively new to the workings of the Mac OS but have extensive knowledge of Linux. I updated my php on Mavericks using the php_osx and the instructions stated to use export ...
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PATH not being changed for root user

I have added .bash_profile, .bashrc, .profile exeuctables in the /var/root dir. However, unlike the normal users which execute their .bash_profile(s) and change the path. There is no difference in ...
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Full path to python as reported by ps

When I run python from the shell I for example do python2.7 script. I later need to find this command again based on the ps aux output, however this output shows a full absolute path like this: ...