I have tried to add TextWrangler to the path environment modifying the file .bash_profile. This is what I have added:

# Just a comment 
export PATH

I am not sure if it was exactly like this, but I am sure it was not so different. I must admit I do not know exactly what I was doing with the commands above, but by suggestions of other people and content on the web, I decided to add it to the .bash_profile file.

Now, when I type for example ls or open or nano it does not work. I have seen on the web that this has already happened to other people.

I am not able to open the .bash_profile file with TextWrangler to restore it as it was, so this is a big problem, I might say.

  • Is that the only thing in .bash_profile - also what happens when you try to edit the file? (The obvious thing to do is restore .bash_profile from a backup - if no backup set up Time Machine or anther backup before doing anything else
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 7, 2014 at 22:31
  • Here's similar question about wrong PATH export: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/146940/… Oct 8, 2014 at 8:50

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Perhaps you can modify the .bash_profile with textedit or textmate? You can download textmate from http://www.macromates.com/download. I like it a lot better than TextWrangler.

  • I don't think so. I use TextMate 2.0 alpha which is free, but it looks you can purchase other versions.
    – Andy Batey
    Oct 7, 2014 at 22:23
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    Also, TextMate 2 is open source and on GitHub: textmate/textmate. I've been using it (the alpha) as my main editor for a while and haven't noticed any stability issues.
    – 0942v8653
    Oct 7, 2014 at 22:24

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