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Conrad McGarry updated July 17, 2014 at 5:42 PM


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  • How do I get global paths to show up in X11? How do I get global paths to show up in X11?



Workaround for the 10.5 X11 Global Paths Issue

In Mac OS 10.5 custom global paths no longer automatically appear in X11. With a quick modification of your settings, this can be easily corrected.

Note: Paths set in your user profile are not effected by this bug.



  1. Open X11 (typically in /Applications/Utilities).



  2. Select "Customize" from the File menu.



  3. Append " -ls" to the command associated with Termnial so that it reads "xterm -ls".



  4. Click "Done."



  5. To confirm that X11 is now recieving paths properly, enter "echo $PATH" and verify that your custom paths are included in the result.
  6. The custom global paths will not immediately propogate to the terminal that appears whenever you first open X11. To make the paths available you'll either need to open a new terminal window (selecting Terminal from the X11 Application menu or Command-N), or by logging-in to your user account.




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