OK, apologies if this is something dumb, but I'm running out of ideas.
$PATH won't do what I want or expect
How I got here: I want to start learning to program, so I'm getting comfortable messing around under the hood, but don't have a lot of experience. I installed the
fish shell (because it's friendly!) using
homebrew and set it as my default shell (under
system prefs>users & groups>advanced). At some point, I ran
brew doctor to see if my installs were all kosher, and it suggested I move
/usr/local/bin to the front of
$PATH so that I could use my installation of
git rather than the system copy. Fine - but between
fish, something was happening to
$PATH that was out of my control, and I could never get the paths arranged in the right way.
Environment: OSX 10.8.2, upgraded from 10.7ish, with
xcode and devtools installed, plus
More info: I've set my user's default shell back to
bash, and tried a variety of shells thru
sh. I moved
/usr/local/bin to the top of
/etc/paths but it didn't change anything. I looked thru the various
config.fish files and commented out stuff that might mess with $PATH, didn't help. I have the following files in
set +x to my
profile and when I start
terminal.app I get:
Last login: Mon Oct 1 13:31:06 on ttys000 + '[' -x /usr/libexec/path_helper ']' + eval '/usr/libexec/path_helper -s' ++ /usr/libexec/path_helper -s PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/Cellar/fish/1.23.1/bin:/opt/X11/bin"; export PATH; + '[' /bin/bash '!=' no ']' + '[' -r /etc/bashrc ']' + . /etc/bashrc ++ '[' -z '\s-\v\$ ' ']' ++ PS1='\h:\W \u\$ ' ++ shopt -s checkwinsize ++ '[' Apple_Terminal == Apple_Terminal ']' ++ '[' -z '' ']' ++ PROMPT_COMMAND='update_terminal_cwd; ' ++ update_terminal_cwd ++ local 'SEARCH= ' ++ local REPLACE=%20 ++ local PWD_URL=file://Chriss-iMac.local/Users/c4 ++ printf '\e]7;%s\a' file://Chriss-iMac.local/Users/c4 Chriss-iMac:~ c4$
So it looks like path_helper runs, but then running
echo $PATH nets me
/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin. So, it looks like
path_helper isn't even doing what it's supposed to anymore?
I'm sure there is some well-defined behavior here that I don't understand, or I borked something while trying to fix it. Please help!