startxwin started bash does not read .bashrc or .bash_profile

Andrey Repin
Wed Feb 27 19:50:00 GMT 2013

Greetings, Kevin Layer!

> I know ~/.bashrc hasn't been read because my prompt is not changed and
> my aliases are not there.

That's just assumption. Not the first-hand knowledge. It may be true, or
not... Best way to know is to place
set -x
around the start of the file and observe the results.

>>> This is also a really odd place to start mintty.  Why start it as a side
>>> effect of the unrelated action starting the X server?

> This is merely an example, the simplest one to reproduce the failure.
> It's not how I want to use startxwin.

>>> > My ultimate goal is to use ssh-agent/ssh-add to make life easier, but
>>> > it requires my .bashrc to be sourced (.bash_profile merely sources
>>> > .bashrc).
>>> If you are going to work with both mintty and X clients, which will not
>>> naturally have a common parent ssh-agent process to inherit from, you might
>>> want to investigate the keychain package.

> I'm unfamiliar with that.  Thanks for the pointer.

Or simply use PuTTY and PageAnt.

Andrey Repin ( 27.02.2013, <23:35>

Sorry for my terrible english...

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