By configuring ~/.bashrc as desired, each time the user logs into their bash shell the configured settings (of .bashrc) will automatically be set. Now I must be missing something but despite thorough DuckDuckGo'ing I cannot figure out the equivalent for C-shell.

As a reference for bash-shell, there is a thorough explanation of configuring its default settings at the question: What is the .bashrc file?

For reference, I am using CentOS: (As you may have guessed, LINUX isn't my forte)

[user@computer ~]$ uname -r
[user@computer ~]$ lsb_release -a                                                                           
LSB Version:    :base-4.0-amd64:base-4.0-noarch:core-4.0-amd64:core-4.0-noarch:graphics-4.0-amd64:graphics-4.0-noarch:printing-4.0-amd64:printing-4.0-noarch
Distributor ID: CentOS
Description:    CentOS release 6.6 (Final)
Release:        6.6
Codename:       Final

Many thanks for reading this.

-- Edit -- Fixed tags.

-- Edit 2 -- Meant to include that this is also a very good (related) question: What is the .bashrc file?


csh is really tcsh on almost all systems, including CentOS. From the tcsh manpage (tcsh(1)):

Startup and shutdown

A login shell begins by executing commands from the system files /etc/csh.cshrc and /etc/csh.login. It then executes commands from files in the user's home directory: first ~/.tcshrc (+) or, if ~/.tcshrc is not found, ~/.cshrc, then ~/.history (or the value of the histfile shell variable), then ~/.login, and finally ~/.cshdirs (or the value of the dirsfile shell variable) (+). The shell may read /etc/csh.login before instead of after /etc/csh.cshrc, and ~/.login before instead of after ~/.tcshrc or ~/.cshrc and ~/.history, if so compiled; see the version shell variable. (+)

Non-login shells read only /etc/csh.cshrc and ~/.tcshrc or ~/.cshrc on startup.

[... rest of the section trimmed ...]

I personally like to just use ~/.tcshrc. If you want, you can "detect" a login shell like so:

setenv PATH /bin:/sbin/:...

if ( $?prompt ) then

# This is only for interactive shells
set color
set printexitvalue
  • Thank you very much, creating and modifying ~/.tcshrc does the job. – PhilPhil Jul 23 '15 at 12:01
  • A side note regarding the manpage: On my system ~/.history contains the history of the commands that I've entered previously. So I doubt that modifying it would have the desired effect here. – PhilPhil Jul 23 '15 at 12:02

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