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Title: Where is my PATH variable being set?
ID: /2018/08/28/Where-is-my-PATH-variable-being-set_
Created: August 28, 2018    Edited:  September 30, 2018
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To find all places where $PATH environment variable is changed use this:

sudo grep -rnw --exclude-dir={boot,dev,lib,media,mnt,proc,root,run,sys,/tmp,tmpfs,var} '/' -e "PATH="

This will search all directories on your system excluding virtual file system directories. In my case with three distros mounted, 697 files are returned.

A more targeted approach for OP is to search for specific path name. You could look for the program that is setting the unusual part of $PATH containing:


Run this in the terminal:

sudo grep -rnw --exclude-dir={boot,dev,lib,media,mnt,proc,root,run,sys,/tmp,tmpfs,var} '/' -e "/usr/local/java/jdk1.7.0_79/bin"

If the first directory in the $PATH is not the culprit then search for the last one:


grep will return the name of the script / file that is setting the $PATH.

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