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Can anybody explain what is wrong with my terminal:

 
$ echo $PATH
=/usr/local/bin
$ ls
-bash: ls: command not found
$ cd
-bash: find: command not found

Why won't these commands work? Help? Anyone?

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You have a typo in your PATH. That = character shouldn't be there. There is no =/usr/local/bin directory. It should be /usr/local/bin. But also, you probably want several other directories on your PATH, separated by : characters. Typically, it'll be something like this:

PATH=/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin:/home/myname/bin
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