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When-ever I need to start mysql from command line, I need to cd to the base directory and then use mysql command as shown below:

# cd /home/ec2-user/percona-5.5.30-tokudb-7.0.1-fedora-x86_64/

# ./bin/mysql
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 3

mysql>

How do I start mysql simply by typing "mysql" at command prompt? I tried to export the path but it did not work.

export path=$PATH:/home/ec2-user/percona-5.5.30-tokudb-7.0.1-fedora-x86_64/bin/
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    Linux environment variables are case sensitive. So you need PATH=$PATH:/home/ec2-user/percona-5.5.30-tokudb-7.0.1-fedora-x86_64/bin – Michael Suelmann Nov 3 '13 at 9:39
  • Thanks. This is working. How do I make this path permanent? Last time when I added it to bashrc file I was locked out of server. :) Is adding it to profile much better? – shantanuo Nov 3 '13 at 9:44
  • .bashrc might get executed multiple times, so that the additional directory gets added multiple times. So .bash_profile is perhaps a better place. But that shouldn't have locked you out if the command was correct. Perhaps it contained a syntax error. Better log in while you still have your old connection running, so you can fix errors. – Michael Suelmann Nov 3 '13 at 9:55
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The easiest way in your case is to use an alias.

alias mysql='(cd /home/ec2-user/...; bin/mysql)'

The parenthesis are important. They create a sub-shell so the alias does not 'cd' you to that other directory.

Note that you may want to consider using a different name than "mysql" for the alias, although it is legal, it could cause headaches later...

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