Bash Startup Scripts: .bashrc and .bash_profile

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Good tech tip

octopusgrabbus's picture

Thanks for the helpful video. .bash_profile and .bashrc also get confusing when moving between distros, like Red Hat and Ubuntu, so it was nice to have a straightforward explanation.


Anonymous's picture

"sorry if this is confusing, but this is how we do it"

probably should be a little more informative than that for noobs. But for the rest of us, good to know when each .bash... is called. thx

yep #1

Gen2ly's picture

unnecessary to make executable


Adrian Ponoran's picture

Why did you have to make .bash_profile executable. It is always sourced in and not executed directly ?

Nice explanation

mattcen's picture

That's interesting. I was under the misapprehension that one was for interactive, and one for non-interactive logins (so one is run by scripts for example, while the other is run by an interactive shell).

It raised a new question. What determines whether a shell is a "login" shell or not? Is the login shell just the first one you open when you log into a freshly booted system?

It's good to clear that up though :D.


Matthew Cengia


Niosus's picture

Very handy! i have been looking for something like this.

Just one note: can you make the sound in your videos a little bit loader, i have to crank up my speakers to hear you ;)