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For some reason using php at the command line references /usr/local/bin/php instead of /usr/bin/php. How can I make $ php script.php the equivalent of running $ /usr/bin/php script.php?

Current setup:

$ which php

Desired setup:

$ which php
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create a Symbolic link ln -s /usr/local/bin/php /usr/bin/php – Dagon Jun 4 '13 at 22:12
There already is another version of php at /usr/bin/php, so I'd rather not overwrite that with a symbolic link. – Ryan Jun 4 '13 at 22:20
ok, well its just one of many options :-) – Dagon Jun 4 '13 at 22:25
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Either change $PATH to contain /usr/bin first, or use your shell's alias capability to point php to /usr/bin/php.

alias php=/usr/bin/php
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Yay! Thanks so much. – Ryan Jun 4 '13 at 22:23

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