Following advice from a course, I added the following line to my .bashrc:

export PATH=/home/dodgycoder/kafka_2.12-2.3.1/bin:$PATH

Now, when I open a terminal window I get this directory shown twice:

$ echo $PATH

Why is this? What's the correct way to add a directory to your PATH?

I'm using Fedora with the Gnome desktop. I confirm I only have the above line just once in my .bashrc and it's not defined anywhere else.

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    Try adding another line: export PARENTS="[$PPID/$(</proc/$PPID/comm)],$PARENTS", then it'll end up having the names of every process which invoked bash along the way. – user1686 Nov 22 '19 at 14:20

.bashrc is not the best place to set $PATH or any other environment variable, since it may be invoked more than once.

Environment variables had better be set in ~/.profile.

See the following posts:

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