Questions tagged [path]

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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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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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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How to remove an environment variable on OSX using bash

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 DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=/Library/...
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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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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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In OSX Yosemite, why can I set many environment variables for GUI apps, but cannot set the specific variable PATH

After I had sorted out OSX' PATH issues up to the Mavericks release, the problems come back in Yosemite!!! So I want to mimic the old launch.conf feature in the new Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite release, ...
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How do I change the location of screen captures?

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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How to use /etc/paths.d to add executable files to my path?

I am trying to use /etc/paths.d to add an executable to my path variable but I have no success so far. The full path of the executable file is: /opt/ImageMagick/bin/convert /etc/paths.d contains two ...
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How to change PATH environment variable to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that will be visible to GUI applications? [duplicate]

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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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 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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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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I broke my PATH by editing my ~/.bash_profile and Bash will not recognize most commands

in .bash_profile I accidentally set the path to: PATH="~/Tools/apache-maven-3.3.3/bin" and now the default path is gone. Nothing in Terminal works anymore: Korays-MacBook-Pro:~ koraytugay$ ls -bash:...
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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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Problem with displaying file path in Finder's Get Info -> Where [duplicate]

I occasionally need to check some file's location and copy it to the clipboard. I used to use Finder -> Cmd-I then I used to copy the content of "Where" section. Ever since updating to macOs Mojave, ...
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checking path capitalization of pwd

Is there a quick way to check in terminal that the terminal command pwd returns the correct capitalization of the path? Note that if you do cd ~/desktop then pwd would tell you that your path is /...
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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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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. Secondly,...
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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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Set PATH variable so that it is detected in all applications, even outside terminal. (El Captain)

My ~/etc/path looks as follows: /usr/local/bin /usr/bin /bin /usr/sbin /sbin The Problem: When I type echo $PATH into terminal, I get back: /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin And this ...
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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=$PATH:/usr/local/heroku/bin export PATH=$PATH:/...
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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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Get/Copy current Excel file's path

When in Windows 10 or in Windows 7, if I have an Excel file open and I want to know the path to the file I can use the ‘open current file in explorer’ button and it opens that file in the Windows ...
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How is my $PATH variable built on macOS?

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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What is the Default content in /private/etc/paths?

I have edited /private/etc/paths to allow access for Homebrew: /usr/local/bin /usr/bin /bin /usr/sbin /sbin I want to restore this file to the system Defaults. What are the default lines and default ...
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How to deal with whitespaces in OS X along filepaths when certain UNIX programs dislike it

I am trying to include a command in a TeX file to a bibliography file that I am storing centrally. However, when including the filepath, like /Foldername with whitespace/ANOTHER folder name with ...
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Use downloaded Git instead of preinstalled Git

I am following the Lynda.com Git Essential Training. After he downloads and installs Git he enters which git and gets /usr/local/git/bin/git However when I do it I still get the preinstalled path /usr/...
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How to know where file is going to be saved?

I have an application that is going to save a file to my MacBook Air El Capitan. Trouble is, I cannot seem to find a way to determine where it's going to save the file in the dialog. How do I find ...
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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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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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Where is my .bash_profile located? (Mac OS 10.10.5)

Disclamer: I am a newbie to UNIX programming. I downloaded Anaconda but then realized that I did not need it. I deleted and uninstalled it as fully as I could find out how. It seems that everything ...
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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 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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How to get an application executable path from Terminal

In macOS, applications can be launched from the command line with open -a < application name>. I would like to know if there is a command that returns the executable within the application ...
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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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How can I fix my terminal when editing the PATH in .bash_profile has the startup hang and I get no prompt?

I am new to the command line and clearly messed up my setup. macOS High Sierra(10.13.6) Trying to set up Python and VScode. My path variable is what I believe is wrong, but Idon't know exactly how ...
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Need help with update to latest Git using Terminal

I was trying to update to the latest Git version in my Terminal. I've no clue what I did and all I remember was that I removed the previous installed Git I think because when i run the following ...
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Add Environment Variable to PATH

I am new to the Apple "eco system" and I am trying to setup my environment variables for local development. Here is what I have in my ~/.bash_profile (simplified for brevity): export PATH="$...
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AppleScript - Get the path to an application without opening it

I need to store the path to Chromium to use later in the script, however running set chromium to (POSIX path of (path to application "Chromium")) in AppleScript Editor opens the application. How can I ...
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Python path added to $PATH — cannot find origin

I just installed Python 3.6 from python.org on macOS Sierra. Somehow, the path to python's bin is added to my every $PATH but I can't figure out how: 22:15 : echo $PATH ...
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Convert a PC path to Mac path with AppleScript

I am a lone Mac user in a company that uses PCs...I often get file paths that I need to manually navigate. I have found some scripts, but they don't seem to be working for me. I'd like to be able to ...
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Convert Mac to Windows paths and visa-versa for sharing with colleagues [closed]

Wanted to share perhaps a more thorough answer to this question: How to translate between Windows and Mac -style file locations? But since I'm new and got no cred on this site, I'm posting as new ...
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Setting system-wide environment variables in El Capitan [closed]

I was using the method described in this post to invoke "launchctl setenv" to set environment variables globally. I have just upgraded to OS X 10.11 "El Capitan," and now I see that the launchctl ...
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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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Get AppleScript Path of Parent Folder

I am writing an AppleScript that will be run from a USB drive, but the dive name may change often so I need to figure out how to get the directory path of the parent folder that contains the script. ...
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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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Locate long file paths on external drive with terminal

I need to move a large volume to a new raid server that's PC formatted. However I have a couple paths and filenames that are interrupting this process. I would just like to know how to use the ...
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Paradox in understanding the “order of booting” of programs given by $PATH

Background This tutorial on how to "properly install git" on OSX 10.8.5, says: To run the latest version you need to adjust your shell path so that /usr/bin/git runs after /usr/local/bin ......
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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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Path Variable Limit

Is there a character limit on how long your PATH variable can be on macOS? Or is there a limit in terms of the amount of binaries you can reference in your path?