There are two reasons. The first one is a technicality: The second reason is that cleanly uninstalling the agent would be more complex for a preference pane that was installed globally for all users. Apple is eagerly deprecating privilege escalation mechanism left and right, leaving the half-baked SMJobBless and the rudimentary authopen. Say, you have a shell session running in the Terminal application.
The answer to this question lies in Unix' process model. When a process is forked, it inherits a copy of the environment from its parent process. Applications launched via Finder are in fact forked by the per-user instance of launchd , and thus inherit their environment from it. The environment of running applications has already been copied and will not be affected.
For applications other than Terminal the only workaround is to restart the application. In Terminal on OS X This means you will have to run the above command in each subsequently opened Terminal tab or window. Ultimately it might be better to just restart Terminal. Unfortunately, The special treatment differs from version to version of OS X but in a nutshell there are two issues: You will have to perform them manually. The launchd override for PATH can be configured using launchctl config user path or launchctl config system path.
See the man launchctl for details. Amusingly, there is no documented way revert to the defaults. My personal opinion is that the hardcoding of PATH by launchd is misguided. PATH was meant to be a mere convenience for interactive shell use. If a security-sensitive system component needs to ensure that a particular binary is executed, it should specify that binary using an absolute PATH.
Another rant: Kudos to Jonathan Levin for his reversing of the new launchd and launchctl. Mac OS X.
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I think it stopped working. Seems like it stopped working after a recent OS update, anyone else having this problem? Yosemite Variable evaluation in definitions? Sorry, this currently not supported. It would be possible by having EnvPane's agent perform substitutions similar to that of a shell but that would require additional coding work. Also note that at the time the agent is run, PATH has a well-known standard value set by launchd so there is not much utility in trying to factor that out. Is it possible to define variables using evaluations of other variables, i.
I'm primarily interested in extending existing definitions, e. Insists I installed it for all user? It could be that it's installed both for all users and for current user.
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Try uninstalling it may have to do it twice and then reinstalling it. To uninstall a preference pane you right click it and select "Remove If None of that works, file a bug on with as much info as possible logs, directory listings, I installed the prefPane for current user only but after clicking at it in System Preferences, it warns that it's installed for all users and refuses to run.
Any idea why? This is on a Environment variable on mountain lion. It does work. It is easy. It is very generous of you. That was a time saver. For example to set the path: Matt Curtis Matt Curtis Setting environment on this way did work for me only till I rebooted. The environment variable did not last after I rebooted the mac. Matthew's answer worked perfectly for me.
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If you want both, I suggest you put your path settings in launchd. And if one set 'PATH' this does not take this appears to be a special case. MattCurtis Could you please edit your answer directly to make it clear that while there is no reboot required, the changes will actually be lost after a reboot?
MattCurtis Thanks, I appreciate the update - and thanks for reading the manual: Also, it turns out that launchctl as of at least OS X Thus, the relatively best way to load pending changes is as follows: This is only if you actually expect them to be used by graphical apps. Since these don't typically use environment variables, it's not a very good place to set them.
There's some very good examples of graphical apps that use environment variables. For reference: For OS X This is no longer applicable to OSX I tried to make that edit to the original, ambiguous "Up to Mountain Lion", and the reviewers botched it. Now, the shell script. The setup is persistent. It will survive restarts and relogins. Ersin Er Ersin Er 5 9. Works nicely. This solution was the only one I could get to work properly. Great solutions. I can't understand why this should be so hard on mac This doesn't work on El Capitan, unfortunately.
Your comment from github. This is terrible. The problem is only about the PATH variable. I hope we can find a solution soon.
This only works for Terminal. Login item: I'm not saying this won't work, but I'm just appalled at the complexity required to get a consistent environment on OS X. This works the best out of all the solutions I've seen for The only flaw is that, since login items run in an indeterminate order, if Emacs for example is launched at login because it was open at logout, for example , it won't necessarily have the environment variables unless you restart it, because it's launched before your script is.
As stated by the developer: I like the name sounds like 'Ends Pain'. Big Rich Big Rich 4, 33 For more details see my bug report: Only drawback.. Wonk wonk.
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Doesn't work on OS X Can you open an issue on the GitHub site with a description of the problem you are experiencing? EnvPane works for me on I am the author of EnvPane. Apple's Developer Forums say: Of course you have to adjust the Path entry to your specific path needs. Flori Flori 2, 18 This solution meets the standard of least intrusive on the system. It has no effect for me in El Capitan.
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Miller 5 7. Update As of at least macOS Original answer This concerns OS X I found that there's another way the PATH can be set for applications not launched from the shell: Max Leske Max Leske 4, 5 33 It works for me, too. This doesn't seem to have an effect on the PATH environment variable of applications that are reopened at login that were open when shutting down.