If you like to manually set your
$PATH on macOS, you may have updated
/etc/zprofile (for ZSH) or
/etc/profile (for Bash) to eliminate calls to
path_helper. Unfortunately, macOS will update these files when you install
OS updates. I’ve been bitten by this changing my
$PATH, so I came up with
the following snippet to warn when it happens.
For ZSH, in
/etc/zprofile you can add the following to print a red warning
path_helper is enabled:
if [[ $- == *i* ]] && [[ -r /etc/zprofile ]] && grep -E '^\s*eval `/usr/libexec/path_helper' /etc/zprofile > /dev/null; then echo "\033[31m!!! WARNING: macOS path_helper enabled in /etc/zprofile !!!\033[m" >&2 fi
If you are using Bash, edit
/etc/profile instead and replace
profile in the snippet.
This has saved me a lot of time troubleshooting issues after installing OS updates. Hope it helps someone else!