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How do I set PATH and other environment variables?

I would like to put the path of a binary in my bash profile which is not present in the usual location like /usr/bin or /sbin. For example, if the following is the path of the binary:


How would I put this path permanently in my bash profile so that every time I login I don't need to specify the path of the binary?

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possible duplicate of How do I set PATH and other environment variables?, especially this answer which would explain the syntax. – slhck Aug 18 '11 at 16:46

You should edit your ~/.bashrc, and add something like:

export PATH=$PATH:/path/to/bin
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I did the same but i am not seeing the path after running the command $PATH from terminal. Do i need to do restart? Is there any command for it? – thetna Aug 18 '11 at 13:54
You need to start a new shell. To have an immediate effect, you can also type source ~/.bashrc (or simply . ~/.bashrc). – Oli Charlesworth Aug 18 '11 at 13:55
type source ~/.bashrc to get it to update the PATH immediately. – arunkumar Aug 18 '11 at 13:56
the bash profile is only read when you login to that terminal. Start a new terminal, and echo $PATH should be correct. – Simon Elliston Ball Aug 18 '11 at 13:56
I am getting following error bash: export: `=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/path/to/bin not a valid identifier.Even $PATH does not show the path i have added. – thetna Aug 18 '11 at 14:00