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    Talking how to start any appl. from terminal

    hi,

    ok the question is.

    I have an application in my ie. "Desktop/Eclipse" folder and i want to run the application from terminal by typing in it ie. "eclipse" and it runs eclipse application from any folder or place.

    ie. in windows you setup the "PATH" in config file on startup...

    I know that it can be done in linux/unix but i dont remember where is located that file ? thx. for advices....

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    Default Re: how to start any appl. from terminal

    Export can be called the equivalent of set in Windows.

    To adjust the path used for your terminal console, it's easiest to add the path using your .bashrc in your home folder.

    As example put this in the .bashrc to have /sbin included:

    Code:
    #addning sbin to path
    
    export PATH=$PATH:/sbin
    Cheers,
    Wj

    ps. when running a command in the console that you want to run but also get your prompt back, add the '&' after the command to background it.
    (e.g. eclipse & )
    Have a lot of fun!

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    Default Re: how to start any appl. from terminal

    freeangel007 wrote:
    > hi,
    >
    > ok the question is.
    >
    > I have an application in my ie. "Desktop/Eclipse" folder and i want to
    > run the application from terminal by typing in it ie. "eclipse" and it
    > runs eclipse application from any folder or place.
    >
    > ie. in windows you setup the "PATH" in config file on startup...
    >
    > I know that it can be done in linux/unix but i dont remember where is
    > located that file ? thx. for advices....
    >


    i suppose this is a seldom or ONE TIME need (otherwise you would be
    asking how to make a 'shortcut' or icon for your desktop, right?

    so i answer....to start an application named 'seldomUsed' which is an
    executable inside a folder named Eclipse on your Desktop, and your user
    name is 'your' you simple have to type this in the terminal

    ------------code---------------

    /home/your/Desktop/Eclipse/seldomUsed [and press enter]

    ------------code---------------

    the terminal will stay open for the life of the application and MAY show
    errors, if there are any..

    NOTE1: unlike some other operating systems, Linux is case
    sensitive...that means that all of these are DIFFERENT places:
    /home/your /home/Your /home/yOur /home/yoUr /home/youR etc

    NOTE2: there are MANY other ways to accomplish launching an application
    from a command line....just one other might be to, cd to the folder, by
    typing this:

    ------------code---------------

    cd /home/your/Desktop/Eclipse/ [and press enter]

    ------------code---------------

    and then launching by typing

    ------------code---------------

    ../seldomUsed [and press enter]

    ------------code---------------

    another way would be to put a LINK to seldomUsed into a directory which
    IS in the path...then wherever you open a terminal you can simply type
    seldomUsed and hit enter..

    good luck, have fun and welcome to openFreedom..

    --
    DenverD (Linux Counter 282315)
    A Texan in Denmark

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