I have a command which is:


But I always have to go to this folder to use it:


How can I just use the following command in my whole environment instead of defining the path every time?


How do I have to do this?


One way would be to create a symbolic link to any folder currently in your PATH-variable, in this example we use /usr/bin/.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk- /usr/bin/keytool

Add the following line at the end of the .bashrc (or .profile) file that is in your home directory :

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-

This is however a very fragile approach, since it will not work as expected as soon as you update your java installation. If you want to do it more properly, I suggest a couple of ways:

look in the /etc/alternatives folder, see if there's a link named javapointing to the current java home (could be pointing to another link). If it's there, change the export line with

export PATH=$PATH:/etc/alternatives/java

or (depending on your system), you could have a link in /usr/lib/jvm, something like /usr/lib/jvm/java pointing to the most recent version of the jvm you have installed. If it's there, you can use this one, so the export line is

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/lib/jvm/java

Apart from that, if you want it to be system-wide (instead of limiting the path extension to your user), you should add the line to /etc/bashrc (or /etc/bash-bashrc if it's there).

As a final note, this will only work in newly-created shells, not the ones you already have, unless you issue the command

. ~/.bashrc

(or the file you've modified, if it's not .bashrc) in those shells.

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