linuxbashpathenvironment-variablessh

Remove redundant paths from $PATH variable


I have defined the same path in the $PATH variable 6 times.

I wasn't logging out to check whether it worked.

How can I remove the duplicates?

The $PATH variable looks like this:

echo $PATH

/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/home/flacs/Programmes/USFOS/bin:/home/flacs/Programmes/USFOS/bin:/home/flacs/Programmes/USFOS/bin:/home/flacs/Programmes/USFOS/bin:/home/flacs/Programmes/USFOS/bin:/home/flacs/Programmes/USFOS/bin

How would I reset it to just

/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games

Solution

  • You just execute:

    export PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games
    

    that would be for the current session, if you want to change permanently add it to any .bashrc, bash.bashrc, /etc/profile - whatever fits your system and user needs.

    Note: This is for Linux. We'll make this clear for new coders. (` , ') Don't try to SET = these.