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Recursively add directories to $PATH

Terminal - Recursively add directories to $PATH
PATH="${PATH}:$(find ${HOME}/bin -type d | tr '\n' ':' | sed 's/:$//')"
2013-06-19 19:22:06
User: malathion
Recursively add directories to $PATH

Many users have a personal ~/bin folder for user scripts and other miscellaneous applications they can't or don't want to add to /usr/bin. But this folder can get large and unwieldy. The above command adds ~/bin and all its subdirectories to the PATH environment variable so the scripts can be organized without changing .bashrc.


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You can simplify the tr and sed by using paste instead:

... | paste -s -d:

Join the lines serially (-s) and use a colon delimiter (-d:)

PATH="${PATH}:$(find ${HOME}/bin -type d | paste -s -d:)"

You don't *need* the {}s around the env vars, either.

PATH="$PATH:$(find $HOME/bin -type d | paste -s -d:)"
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