.bashrc not working (and yes I've read the FAQ etc as you'll see)

Igor Pechtchanski pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Fri Feb 18 18:43:00 GMT 2005

On Fri, 18 Feb 2005, J. David Boyd wrote:

> "Steve Mayes" <mayes.s@XXXXX.XXX.XX> writes:


> > .bashrc not working
> > [snip]
> > The --login and -i switches are used.

Stare at these two lines for a moment, and then read the "INVOCATION"
section of the bash manpage.

> > I even used the --rcfile switch and pointed it directly to my .bashrc
> > file at which point cygwin just bombs out.

What does "bombs out" mean, exactly?

> > I even made .bashrc executable using the command chmod +x (just in case)
> > but this changed none of the behaviour.   What am I missing.

The "INVOCATION" section of the bash manpage.

> I remember having some problem like this.  To get around it (I am the only
> user on this machine), I added the line
> . $HOME/.bashrc
> to the very end of /etc/profile.  It's probably not the 'right' way to do it,
> but who cares.  It works fine.

Well, the "official" way of doing this is to delete your ~/.bash_profile
and reinstall the "base-files" package (or simply "cp -p
/etc/defaults/etc/skel/.bash_profile ~").  Alternatively, you can simply
"ln -s ~/.bashrc ~/.bash_profile".
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