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  1. #1

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    Oct 08, 2010
    Problem editing path

    A few months back I added a directory to my PATH. I now need to remove that directory from the PATH because there's a program in there with a name that clashes with something else I'm trying to use.

    This should be really easy. I've looks in all the standard places:
    1) ~/.profile
    2) ~/.bash_profile
    3) ~/.bash_rc
    4) /etc/paths
    And some others too I found by looking around on google. I found my original addition to the PATH in ~/.bash_profile, which I removed. However, every time I open a new terminal, the PATH variable still contains the directory I'm trying to remove.

    I'm using Snow Leopard and bash. I've shut down terminal completely and rebooted the machine. All I can think is that somewhere there is another profile find adding the directory to the path.

    Does anyone have any ideas how I can remove this directory from my path?

    Thanks very much for any help,


  2. #2

    Member Since
    Oct 08, 2010
    After many hours, I eventually worked this out. I'll post my solution in case someone else experiences the same problem. I could not find this anywhere on Google.

    In ~/.MacOSX/ there is a file environment.plist . It contains all the path directories not defined in /etc/profile ~/.bash_profile ~/.bash_login and ~/.profile . Delete it and restart.

    I was unaware that it was possible to set the path this way.

    I'm 100% sure I didn't set it this way originally, so I'm wondering if some software many have done it 'on my behalf'

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