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Re: [NEWBIE] exec path not expanding

From: Robert Pollard
Subject: Re: [NEWBIE] exec path not expanding
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2003 09:58:12 -0800

Then what I need to do is get rid of this section of the environment.plist file. Apple needs to fix this. I'll do a check in Radar to see if this has been logged. You can't expand on the PATH variable if you can't use variables in the definitions in this file. If they left it alone and allowed the GUI to use whatever the terminal uses as other *NIX environments do this wouldn't be a problem.

Thanks for all your help,


On Wednesday, October 22, 2003, at 05:38 AM, Hugh Wolf wrote:

On 2003-10-21, Robert Pollard <> wrote:
1. Define the variable in ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist.

The PATH variable is defined in the environment.plist file.  The
following entry is in the file:
<string>/$SYBASE/$SYBASE_OCS/bin:$SYBASE/$SYBASE_ASE/bin:$PATH</ string>
Obviously, it is not understanding the environment variables here.

Remember that no shell is running in this situation.  As a result, $
has no special meaning here -- it's just a character like any other.
You can't use any form of shell processing in environment.plist.

there a way that you are aware of to make OS X read the variables from
the environment to help define a variable or add to a variable as in
the above entry?

If you're launching apps outside any shell context I think the answer
is that you're out of luck.

Of course you can always create a shell script that sources your
.bashrc (or whatever) and then opens  Script Menu is a
handy way to launch shell scripts from the gui.

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