paths - a newbie question

Bruce Cran bruce at
Sat Apr 5 08:38:21 PST 2003

On Sat, Apr 05, 2003 at 05:25:01PM +0100, Ceri Davies wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 05, 2003 at 11:06:02AM -0500, Walter wrote:
> > Mike Meyer wrote:
> > >In <3E8EF5F3.2040405 at>, Walter <walterk1 at> typed:
> > >
> > >>After installing a port using "pkg_add -r <util>," the only
> > >>way I know to be able to type <util> at the command prompt
> > >>to have it execute is either to reboot, or to make an alias
> > >>for it by hand.  Surely there's a better way.  Is there a
> > >>way to make the OS make a link auto-majically?  Thanks.
> > >
> > >This is your shell, not the OS. Without knowing which shell you are
> > >using, I can't say for sure, but you might try the "rehash" command.
> > 
> > Beauty!  Worked great.  (It's the /bin/csh.)
> > Maybe someone could add a note on this to the
> > ports/packages section of the handbook??
> I don't wish to be rude, but maybe you could read your shells' manual page,
> or a book for new UNIX users ?
> The handbook is rather unwieldy as it is, and is really meant for FreeBSD
> specific things (hence the name).  Sometimes we do hand hold in that document,
> but there has to be a limit.
> As I said, please don't take offence.

It's already in the documentation for FreeBSD - try looking in the book
'For People New to Both FreeBSD and Unix'
( :)   
Under the 'Next Steps' chapter it does indeed tell you to 'rehash' after
installing new software.

Bruce Cran

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