I probably shouldn't have even messed with it, but I followed the instructions to recompile bash here: How do I recompile Bash to avoid Shellshock (the remote exploit CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169)?

Following that recompile, if I run something like wget from terminal, I get the following: -bash: wget: command not found

And that's not the only one. A lot of the usual bash commands seems to have disappeared for me. How do I do a complete revert of bash back to normal but with the current apple supported bash patch(es)? Is there a better way to fix my problem?

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    I would just install the Apple bash update as per the main answer in the question you linked to apple.stackexchange.com/a/146851/237
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 6, 2014 at 22:32
  • This seems to be more of an issue with your PATH than with the shell. What does echo $PATH return?
    – nohillside
    Oct 7, 2014 at 13:22
  • patrix. I've been doing some stuff with python, so it seems to be this complicated path here which may indeed be the problem: $ echo $PATH /Users/Luke/anaconda/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/git/bin:/usr/local/apache-maven/bin:/usr/local/mysql/bin At the same time, I'm not sure that I have wget installed, but I thought that I did. How can I easily check that, in light of this path? $ which ls ; echo $? /bin/ls 0 $ which no_such_executable ; echo $? 1
    – lukewitmer
    Oct 7, 2014 at 13:32
  • Path looks ok to me, I would assume that you haven't install wget in the first place (run sudo find / -name wget and have a cup of tea whil it runs to verify). Which other "usual" bash commands seem to have disappeared?
    – nohillside
    Oct 7, 2014 at 14:03

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Well, wget isn't installed by default on Mavericks. You could install it through homebrew though.

If you installed wget yourself at one time then you may just need to adjust your $PATH to find it again.


Take a look in /bin and /usr/bin to see what tools are installed and try one of them to see if Bash is working correctly.

  • Turns out wget was not installed. Bash does seem to be working fine. Thanks for the help! One final question regarding the bash-fix, can I remove the bash-fix folder in my root directory that the patching steps created? I would think so, but I've never done anything like this before.
    – lukewitmer
    Oct 7, 2014 at 15:24
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    Your folder named 'bash-fix' can be removed. sudo rm -rf bash-fix Oct 7, 2014 at 16:00

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