.bash_profile is one of the scripts the Bash shell reads and executes when started as an interactive login shell.

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Difference between .bashrc and .bash_profile

What's the difference between .bashrc and .bash_profile and which one should I use?
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Where to find the .bashrc file on Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion?

I want to install rvm on my Snow Leopard machine. It says I need to add a line to my .bashrc file (I'm using bash) but where is my .bashrc file?
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Environment variables in bash_profile or bashrc?

I have found this question [blog]: Difference between .bashrc and .bash_profile very useful but after seeing the most voted answer (very good by the way) I have further questions. Towards the end of ...
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How to automatically execute a shell script when logging into Ubuntu

How do I get a script to execute automatically when I log in? Not when the machine starts up, and not for all users, but only when I (or any specific user with the script) login via the GNOME UI. ...
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MinGW Bash profile

I use MinGW on windows 7. I have a .bashrc with some aliases in it. The file is in my home folder which is where MinGW starts me in, so it also believes that the folder is my home folder. It does not ...
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How do I modify my git bash profile in Windows?

I'm using Git Bash on Windows 7 and would like to set up bash profile aliases such as alias gs='git status' to make my life easier. How can I do this?
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Is it possible to override the command line's built in “cd” command?

Just about every time I 'cd' to a different directory on my machine (in this case, running Mac OS X 10.6.7) via the command line (which is bash), I immediately type 'ls' to get the list of contents in ...
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enabling colors in the python interactive shell on OS/X

I have just modified my .bash_profile so as to have colors in iTerm and Terminal. Now, I want to enable syntax highlighting for the Python interactive shell, IDLE-style. How to do that?
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How can I fix a Broken Pipe error?

I recently reinstalled RVM (following the instructions at http://rvm.io) after a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.10 when I got an SSD Drive. Now, when I type: type rvm | head -1 I receive the following ...
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Syncing bash profile between computers

I have tons of stuff in my .bash_profile. The problem is, I use ~3 computers very frequently, and I'm tired of having to copy paste my prefs everywhere. Two of them run Ubuntu 10.10, and one runs OSX. ...
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How to reset Bash on Mac OSX, .bash_profile corrupted and bash no longer works

I am on a MacBook Pro, running the latest version of Mountain Lion. I really need some help, I have managed some how to damage my .bash_profile (I think) so that every time I open up the terminal I ...
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why error code 1 returned by loading .bash_profile in Mac

Whenever I open a bash terminal, the error code 1 is returned: Last login: Tue Jan 15 16:19:53 on ttys000 spam@moss:~ $ echo $? 1 I found this is caused by last line of code in my .bash_profile: ...
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Why does bash sometimes think my $HOME isn't the correct directory?

Like the title says it seems that bash sometimes misidentifies my $HOME. This cropped up after a seemingly unique series of events that I will now replay in broad strokes. Running OS X 10.6 with ...
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How can I permanently add a path to my bash profile? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set PATH and other environment variables? I would like to put the path of a binary in my bash profile which is not present in the usual location like /usr/bin ...
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How do I close an OS X application from the command line using a alias defined in my .bash_profile?

I found the following shell script that can be used to tell an OS X application to quit: #!/bin/sh echo | osascript <<EOF tell application "$*" quit end tell EOF I have several simple ...
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.bash_profile not sourced

I have a .bash_profile file that I added some stuff to (aliases and color and some git stuff) and when I open iTerm and source it then everything's fine and I have everything but when I close iTerm ...
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How to make alias/function in .bash_profile for `curl` that takes an argument?

I found this tip super helpful, for using curl to resume an interrupted file copy. The full syntax is: curl -C - -O file:///Volumes/path/to/file I would like to add an alias or function called ...
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Mac OSX: Cannot color broken symlinks

On my linux machine, you can tell intact symlinks from broken ones, because broken ones are colored red. I've tried to set this up on my mac by adding some configurations to PSCOLORS in my ...
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Why am I not able to add directory in linux $PATH

I am trying to add ~/.bin into my path and for that I edited the .bash_profile and added the below line PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.bin/ and than I logged out/in. Now when I do echo $PATH I get ...
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~/.profile is not loaded when using SSH (Ubuntu)

Edited to reflect the problem I really wanted to solve: I need to set up my ruby environment so I can deploy via Capistrano. export PATH=$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH eval "$(rbenv init -)" I put these ...
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Command to search programs in Linux

Do you have any easy idea to define some alias in .bashrc for finding some command that you want to search (when you forgot its name) in your machine, visiting all "bin" directories, maybe using ...
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Multiple-command alias enters bash shell but fails to navigate to path

I have this alias defined to run bash then navigate to a certain folder but when I run it, it only runs bash and stays in the current path/directory/folder. I've defined them in two different ways in ...
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Set ls to return colored results by default

In my .bashrc I have the following lines to turn on colors for grep and ls alias ls='ls --color=auto' export GREP_OPTIONS='--color=auto' I've tried changing the alias to export ...
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Aliases in .bash_profile do not work

I have added some cd blah blah commands as alias in my .bash_login so as to ease changing directories.It was working fine .Suddenly though none of the aliases in there work .It says command not found ...
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Overwrite ls in .bash_profile

I'm new to bash and unix. I'm trying to create an alias for ls. In my .bash_profile I have the following: alias ls="ls -lhHG" This doesn't work at all. If I change it to: alias la="ls -lhHG" ...
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How can you remove duplicates from bash history?

Since I'm saving history from different sessions this is an issue where erasedups can't help because I'm using the following: PROMPT_COMMAND="$PROMPT_COMMAND;history -a" Is there an easy way to ...
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Script acting strange in bash_profile (but just under X)

I have made a simple .sh script which checks every minute whether a particular file is empty or not, and if it is not empty, makes a led on my laptop blink at 0.5Hz. I call this script from my ...
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Sort out where to put my bash commands, alias, and configurations

It seems to me that every Linux distro that I SSH into or use locally (Mostly RHEL/CentOS and Debian/Ubuntu machines) have a different idea about which of .bashrc and .bash_profile to run when I log ...
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Why does this line appear every time I launch iTerm on my MacBook?

So I use iTerm on my MacBook Air and also my MacBook Pro. I've been playing around with .bashrc and .bash_profile and trying to come up with clever ways to configure things. At one point I decided I ...
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Explain why .bash_logout won't run commands?

So I've been wondering how to run these two lines of code everytime I close an open instance of Terminal: history -c cat /dev/null > ~/.bash_history I export HISTFILE=5 on startup, but still ...
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bash alias doesn't carry over with sudo

I'm curious if there's a way to get my .bash_profile to work when I sudo a program. For example, I have it set to alias emerge='emerge -av' so that I can install software, and it will always ask me ...
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How do I create a terminal shortcut to this path?

So I'm having a problem creating a shortcut to a deep folder. None of the examples I've seen on Superuser have helped :( This is my path: cd / Applications / MAMP / htdocs / whoat / solr / whoat I ...
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Getting GNU Emacs Windows to run my ~/.bash_profile when creating a Cygwin M-x shell subprocess

I use GNU Emacs on Windows and Cygwin for the shell that I do all my work in. The ~/.profile used by Cygwin is ~/.bash_profile. If I start a Cygwin shell by running C:\cygwin\Cygwin.bat, it starts ...
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Unable to make bash default shell in freebsd

I wanted to change my default shell to bash in freebsd. I tried the following: 1.chsh -s /bin/bash (or /usr/local/bin/bash) <my_username> I get this error after entering the password: chsh: ...
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Alias for viewing logs with todays date

I want to create an alias: alias readFile='ls file1.todaysdate' where todaysdate is in format 130714. How would i do this?
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bash: repeatedly executed script in .bash_profile blocks login

I have a bash script (let's call it script.sh) which looks like this while true; do if [ $someFile -eq = "1" ] then # make laptop LED blink here fi done So when some file has some value ...
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Edit .bash_profile in OS X

How do I edit the bash_profile? I've tried using the command chflags but it shows the error [Error writing. Bash_profile: Operation not permitted] I'm using OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8.
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Problem with bash profile

I modified my .bash_profile on my Mac (now running Tiger) to get a different command prompt. Before I did that, I used to be able to use the up arrow key to cycle through previously issued commands. ...
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I've broken my .bash_profile

In the course of trying to install something on my Mac OSX machine, I think I have broken my ~/.bash_profile file. I edited it, and suddenly, now, when I open a terminal, I can't run anything, or even ...
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-bash: __git_ps1: command not found

I recently uninstalled Homebrew and Cellar (web dev applications), and this error now appears after every Terminal command (although I can't confirm that these are the culprits!): -bash: ...
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Where can I find bash_profile / bashrc themes?

I've been searching for bash_profile / bashrc themes on google for awhile but I'm not finding any kind of aggregation for themes. Most of them I find are small snippets like: export ...
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Default file extensions in .bash_profile

I use Mac OS Lion and I would like to declare in my .bash_profile the file extensions and the default application to open them. For example, I want to associate all .txt files to TextMate so that ...
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brew doctor giving error on a directory that has been removed

I just installed homebrew and as suggested, I ran the brew doctor command. I am linux newbie and do not know how to fix most of these things. But I would like to ask especially about the following ...
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Accessing your bash profile and history anywhere - via the internet

I'm curious if anyone has tried to tackle the task of having non-sensitive parts of their bash (or other shell) profile made available anywhere they go. I worked for a company for a time that did ...
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.profile and .bash_profile ignored when starting tmux from .bashrc?

I've been having an issue with getting my .profile to be sourced when SSHing into an Ubuntu 12.04 server instance. My .bashrc does the following towards the end: if [[ "$TERM" != "screen-256color" ]] ...
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Error when installing and trying to get version of SASS via Terminal

Not sure what is going on, I was able to install git via the terminal (had to create a bash_profile). Now I installed ruby and did install sass. However when I did sass --version I got a bash error? ...
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Is it possible to set color for the user input in bashrc?

Note that I only want user's input to have specific color (words that user has typed with keyboard), not the actual command's output. I tried: export PS1="$ \033[38;5;154m" I know that it should ...
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Custom prompt doesn't work on Mac's terminal

I like to use a custom prompt (current path in blue) on my unix machine: export PS1='\[\e[0;34m\]\w \$\[\e[m\] ' But when I try to use it on Mac's terminal it doesn't work: it fails to detect the ...
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Why does OS X Lion's terminal treat the PS1 prompt codes differently than Snow Leopard?

I get different behaviors in terminal with the same prompt definition in Snow Leopard and Lion. On my Snow Leopard system, I define my terminal prompt in .profile as follows: export ...
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OS X Lion - Installing Oracle 10g Standard Edition

Im trying to install oracle 10g on to OS X Lion, I have previous achieved this on snow leopard with the following ...