.bashrc is not started automatically

This is a common misconception that users think .bashrc is called each time login shell is created etc. There is some truth behind this but need to look at this more closely. For now what i found out is that bashrc in the /etc folder is definitely called also ~/bash_profile  also plays a major role.  But not the .bashrc.

So all you have to do it seems create the ~/.bash_profile if it is not already there

add the following line to it.

if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then source ~/.bashrc ; fi

and thats it.

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One Response to “.bashrc is not started automatically”

  1. Gobinath Says:

    Hi Saminda,

    i have called the . setEnvironmentVariables.sh in .bashrc file ,and i have also updated the following in the .bash_profile

    if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then
    . ~/.bashrc
    fi

    but it was not working.

    if i run the .bashrc file seperately it was working…

    pls guide me, thanks in advance.

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