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Setting Default Path tht will stay after reboot

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I have a SCO Unix (5.0.4) installation and need to know how to define the default paths.  I can set the path using the PATH= command but would like to know how to set a path that will stay after reboot and be available to all users without adding it to each individual profile.

Thanks for your help
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by:omarfarid
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Hi,

you may set it in /etc/profile

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by:pfox74
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Do I enter the normal PATH command or is there some special syntax?

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by:omarfarid
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As you set it in .profile


e.g.

PATH=/usr/bin

export PATH
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by:pfox74
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That seems to be causing errors.  I've attached the current profile  ... any idea where I might add the new path  /scripts?

Thanks
#!/bin/sh
# The following was generated from 
# NLS/en/adm.gen
#
MF_ADM=adm.cat@Unix
#
MS_PROFILE=1
MSG_MAIL=1
:
#	@(#) profile.sh 26.1 95/07/25 
#
#	Copyright (C) 1988-1995 The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
#		All Rights Reserved.
#	The information in this file is provided for the exclusive use of
#	the licensees of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.  Such users have the
#	right to use, modify, and incorporate this code into other products
#	for purposes authorized by the license agreement provided they include
#	this notice and the associated copyright notice with any such product.
#	The information in this file is provided "AS IS" without warranty.
#
 
#ident	"@(#)adm:profile	1.10"
 
trap "" 1 2 3
umask 022
 
case "$0" in
-sh | -rsh | -ksh | -rksh)
 
# if not doing a hushlogin, issue message of the day, if the file is out there
	[ "X$HUSHLOGIN" != "XTRUE" ] && [ -s /etc/motd ] && {
		trap : 1 2 3
		echo ""		# skip a line
		cat /etc/motd
		trap "" 1 2 3
	}
 
# setting default attributes for terminal moved to ~/.profile, so
# each user has individual control over these characteristics
 
# if not doing a hushlogin, check mailbox and news bulletins
	if [ "X$HUSHLOGIN" != "XTRUE" ]
	then
		[ -x /usr/bin/mail ] &&	{	# if the program is installed
			[ -s "$MAIL" ] && \
				dspmsg $MF_ADM -s $MS_PROFILE $MSG_MAIL '\nyou have mail\n'
		}
		if [ "$LOGNAME" != "root" -a -x /usr/bin/news ]	# be sure it's there
		then news -n
		fi
	fi
	;;
-su)
	:
	;;
esac
 
trap 1 2 3

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by:omarfarid
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ok

You may add it after line 23, but please note the following:

To preserve previous value of PATH since many commands depend on it, use

PATH=$PATH:/new/path

where /new/path is your actual path you want to add.
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by:pfox74
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No errors this time but it also didn't create the mapping.  do I need to reboot to apply this change?  I did but just curious if it was neccessary.

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by:omarfarid
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No not required, only logout / login again.
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by:omarfarid
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Hi,

If it did not give you the new  PATH as you set it, can you tell the type of login shell used by you?

The content of your .profile (if you use sh / ksh ) or .login (if you use csh or tcsh)?

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by:pfox74
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It's SH  I've attached the .profile.


:
#	@(#) root.profile 26.1 95/09/18 
#
#	Copyright (C) 1989-1995 The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
#		All Rights Reserved.
#	The information in this file is provided for the exclusive use of
#	the licensees of The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.  Such users have the
#	right to use, modify, and incorporate this code into other products
#	for purposes authorized by the license agreement provided they include
#	this notice and the associated copyright notice with any such product.
#	The information in this file is provided "AS IS" without warranty.
#
 
SHELL=/bin/sh
HOME=/
PATH=/bin:/etc:/usr/bin:/tcb/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/trufax/bin
 
# set terminal type
eval `tset -m ansi:${TERM:-ansi} -m :\?${TERM:-ansi} -e -r -s -Q`
export TERM PATH SHELL HOME
 
[ -x /bin/mesg ] && mesg n		# if mesg is installed...

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omarfarid earned 500 total points
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As you can see, in .profile PATH is redefined which overrides setting in /etc/profile.

You need to change it to add to what is set in /etc/profile not to redefine it.

If each user set his / her own PATH then setting in /etc/profile is ignored.

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by:pfox74
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Thanks, that did it!  Grade A work!
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