Mailbag: bashrc broken, can't login
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Date: Thu Mar 10 11:57:05 2005
Subject: Mailbag: bashrc broken
Someone sent me email (don't do that if you aren't a customer - post here) with this problem:
Seems like none of the standard commands are working on my terminal It logs me in ok with my welcome screen but up top it reads Last login: Wed Mar 2 10:56:54 on ttyp1 Welcome to Darwin! -bash: export: `/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin': not a valid identifier -bash: export: `/usr/local/mysql/bin:': not a valid identifier My-Computer:~ user$ What lead to this problem is when I was trying to install mysql on my powermac G4, I was going off of a book of instructions from mac OS X web development book, everything was going find up until the last few instructions then it error msg ERROR 1064 (42000): You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO [email protected] IDENTIFIED BY 'mypassword'' at line 1 mysql> It began to get messy before the error msg concerning bash when on step 9 where the command is Echo 'export PATH=/usr/local/mysql/bin: $PATH' >> ~/.bashrc I wasn't sure if I was even suppose to do this because I think I already have bash and tcshrc on my mac It followed by having me to a touch .bash_profile then ls -Ga l to see the list which it did but then Doing .~/.bashrc ENV=$HOME/.bashrc export ENV it got messy again and when it asked to save :w apparently that command meant to sort and it continued to get messy not sure what it actually did I managed to still find my way to step 10 and it seem to accept password but then that's when the error msg appeared Currently, anytime I try to enter a command it reads -bash: command not found even to list directory still not working Not sure where to go from here any ideas ? Thank you for your time basically no commands work in the terminal all i get is this Welcome to Darwin! -bash: export: `/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin': not a valid identifier -bash: export: `/usr/local/mysql/bin:': not a valid identifier I'm using mac os x 10.3.7
What's happened is that's he's messed up his .bash_profile and possibly .bashrc
I can't really tell why from the mail; possibly bad quoting (" or ` vs ' in following the directions), but it doesn't really matter. Do this
/bin/mv .bash_profile oldbash_profile
/bin/mv .bashrc oldbashrc
Or use Finder to rename these graphically..
then logout and log in again. Figure out what happened, fix it and put 'em back.
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