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http://askubuntu.com – I am new in ubuntu (come from Win7), i want to know how can i add evironement variable in ubuntu, because the platform where i use exaggerate "To compile and run SCA composites with OW2 FraSCAti, you also have to set the FRASCATI_HOME system environment variable. FRASCATI_HOME has to point to the directory where the OW2 FraSCAti runtime distribution was extracted". And how can i add it to my path "For conveniance, you can add FRASCATI_HOME/bin to your PATH variable to get the frascati command available in the PATH". Please i'am new, could you explaine me what i do step by step.. (HowTos)