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    making /sbin commands work permanently in bash

    Hi. Pls is there a way to make commands in my /sbin to work in my bash permanently.
    like using the service and chkconfig commands, i have to use /sbin/service instead of just service

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    That is the configuration file that is mostly common, but it depends on your distribution you have. Do a search on the main site of the distribution you are using and see how they handle the /etc/bashrc file or if they even use a bashrc file. If they don't use bashrc do a search in google for your distro and alias and see if anything comes up about setting a permenant alias and you will see where you can set the environment variables. I say to use alias because I think it might be easier to find what your looking for with those search parameters.

    I know suse 9.3 has a /etc/bash.bashrc file that is usually changed when the system is updated so they tell you to use /etc/bash.bashrc.local. That files doesn't exist by default so you have to create it and put what you want in it.

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    Linux Guru sarumont's Avatar
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    Apr 2003
    Quote Originally Posted by man bash
    When bash is invoked as an interactive login shell, or as a non-interactive shell
    with the --login option, it first reads and executes commands from the file
    /etc/profile, if that file exists. After reading that file, it looks for
    ~/.bash_profile, ~/.bash_login, and ~/.profile, in that order, and reads and exe-
    cutes commands from the first one that exists and is readable. The --noprofile
    option may be used when the shell is started to inhibit this behavior.
    I put the following in my ~/.bash_profile:

    export PATH="${PATH}:/sbin:/usr/sbin"
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