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I am getitng something weird in my environment. I have a .bash_profile that only checks for .bashrc and then sources it. I have a JAVA_HOME in that file that is correctly setting the variable and exporting it. However, if I comment out the JAVA_HOME line in .bashrc, another JAVA_HOME is still showing up in my environment, different from the one i was setting in bashrc. Where is this other JAVA_HOME coming from?


As it turns out - it seems like any shell I run is pulling in a JAVA_HOME from somewhere. I dont know what could be making this pull into csh, sh, bash, etc

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/etc/profile is the most common

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If not /etc/profile, could be ~/.bash_profile, ~/.bash_login, or ~/.profile. When you login, bash looks for each of these files in the order shown. – fpmurphy1 Apr 15 '12 at 16:59

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