Amending your PATH (e.g. for homebrew)

April 29th, 2012 13:32 – by Torsten Trautwein

If you for example want to use Homebrew's version of postgresql instead of the one that ships with OS X Lion, you have to change the sequence of the directories of your PATH.

The hint Homebrew provides is:

Warning: /usr/bin occurs before /usr/local/bin

This means that system-provided programs will be used instead of those provided by Homebrew. The following tools exist at both paths:


To do so, just create a .bash_profile file in your home directory and add the following line:


The next time you open your shell, you're ready to go.


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