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I am using bash shell and have content in my .bashrc.

When Terminal app opens (on my mac), this file however is not initialized.

I am always able to manually . ./.bashrc, however i'd rather not have to do it.

What is the name of the file which, would either initialize my environment for me, or the file where i can put my customization options in?

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In the general case you can use ~/.profile

Also note (from the bash manpage):

When bash is invoked as an interactive login shell, or as a non-interactive shell with the --login option, it first reads and executes commands from the file /etc/profile, if that file exists. After reading that file, it looks for ~/.bash_profile, ~/.bash_login, and ~/.profile, in that order, and reads and executes commands from the first one that exists and is readable.


When an interactive shell that is not a login shell is started, bash reads and executes commands from /etc/bash.bashrc and ~/.bashrc, if these files exist. This may be inhibited by using the --norc option. The --rcfile file option will force bash to read and execute commands from file instead of /etc/bash.bashrc and ~/.bashrc.

For a more complete question/answer, see:

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Thank you. This works! :) – Jam May 14 '11 at 22:21

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