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I'm on a shared hosting account with a jailed shell and I'm terrible with $PATH. I'm using CentOS. Originally my host installed git in /usr/local/bin which didn't work out correctly, I suggested install git in my $HOME/opt/bin and it works perfectly. However, now there are two git installations. Using which git yields the /usr/local/bin/git installation. How can I modify my current PATH to use my $HOME/opt/bin/git without taking away /usr/local/bin/git?

Here is my current ~/.bash_profile: export PATH=/usr/kerberos/bin:/usr/lib/courier-imap/bin:/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin/

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The directories listed in the PATH environment variable are searched from first to last (left to right) when running external programs.

For your purpose you will want to have "$HOME"/opt/bin before (to the left of) /usr/local/bin. If your PATH value was constructed like this:

export PATH=/usr/kerberos/bin:/usr/lib/courier-imap/bin:/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin/

then you could use this instead:

export PATH="$HOME"/opt/bin:/usr/kerberos/bin:/usr/lib/courier-imap/bin:/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin/

(i.e. have "$HOME"/opt/bin be the very first PATH entry).

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Aha! That did it. Thank you very much. – skylerl Aug 17 '10 at 4:17

Try adding :$HOME/opt/bin/git to the path.

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No dice :(, results in: -jailshell-3.2$ nano ~/.bash_profile -jailshell-3.2$ source ~/.bash_profile -jailshell-3.2$ which git /usr/local/bin/git – skylerl Aug 17 '10 at 1:17

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