Package Management

Alexander Henkel henkela at
Thu Jul 6 13:00:34 PDT 2000

"Thomas T. Veldhouse" wrote:

> Does this slow you machine down any?  That is quite a hefty search path - it
> defeats the purpose of the hashing algorithms used by bash and other shells.

Long search paths should only slow down the machine (if you notice it all,
that is) for the first call to an executable. Once hashed the shell knows
the place of the executable next time you call it again, and doesn't need to
climb thru the search path again; this is exactly (one of) the reason(s) for

Alexander Henkel
<henkela at>

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