I have been trying to clarify what bash startup files are sourced and when. I am using bash-2.05b.007. I have been hunting around on the web and I have
found the following summary:
For Login shells:
On logging in: If `|/etc/profile|' exists, then source it.
If `|~/.bash_profile|' exists, then source it, else if `|~/.bash_login|' exists, then source it, else if `|~/.profile|' exists, then source it.
On logging out: If `|~/.bash_logout|' exists, source it.
For non-login interactive shells: On starting up: If `|~/.bashrc|' exists, then source it.
For non-interactive shells: On starting up: If the environment variable |ENV| is non-null, expand the variable and source the file named by the value. If Bash is not started in Posix mode, it looks for |BASH_ENV| before |ENV|.
Other discussions on this topic essentially state the same thing.
After some testing it is not clear to me if bash under FreeBSD 4.9 is working the same way. I have a case where both ~/.profile and ~/.bash_profile exist and both are sourced. This is in contradition to the above statements.
Can anybody point me to information to clarify what bash startup files are sourced and when ?
Thanks in advance, Arend van der Veen
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