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Re: [SLE] FYI: SuSE 7.3 Bash initialization
  • From: Keith Winston <kwinston@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 14:48:49 -0400
  • Message-id: <20020411144849.B4897@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, Apr 11, 2002 at 09:16:45PM +0300, Togan Muftuoglu wrote:
> I'll make sure they can not ignore as sometime Sunday SuSE FAQ will be
> updated :-)
> Great docu thanks

I wanted to run this by the group for a little quality check before
shipping it off to you. There has already been one post that found a
call to /etc/profile.local that I missed. I have reposted the fixed
version below. If there are any more updates, I'll just wait until they
stop before reposting any more versions.

Best Regards,

SuSE 7.3 Bash Initialization

This is an overview of what gets set where when you use a bash
shell in SuSE. The process works a little differently if you
are running a different shell (zsh, ksh, [t]csh, etc.).

The files are processed in this order:

/etc/profile -- global config, initializes the terminal (sets the TERM
variable and unsets TERMCAP since SuSE uses terminfo instead of
termcap), sets umask 022, sets initial PATH, MANPATH and a few other
variables, sources /etc/SuSEconfig/profile, sources all *.sh files in
/etc/profile.d/, sources /etc/profile.local, sources /etc/bash.bashrc,
sources ~/.bashrc. It includes code to prevent ~/.bashrc from running
more than once depending on whether it has already been executed.

/etc/SuSEconfig/profile -- this file is generated by SuSEconfig from
settings in the /etc/rc.config file. It sets language environment

/etc/profile.d/*.sh -- application specific settings such as, (search engine used by nautilus),, Most of these were not activated for my

/etc/profile.local -- doesn't exist by default. Best place to put
global aliases, global shell and environment variables, etc.

/etc/bash.bashrc -- sets some shell functions (startx and remount),
also sets some aliases (+=pushd, -=popd, o=less, others), sets the
PS1 variable which controls the format of the prompt, sets other
variables, if bash 2.0+ it also sources

/etc/profile.d/complete.bash -- sets a couple of shell options
(shopt), customizes the bash "complete" builtin behavior (file
completion). SuSE did some serious work to optimize this part
of the bash configuration.

~/.bashrc -- finally, your own bash settings are run. You can
override anything that has been set previously since this file is
sourced last (prompt, variables, etc.). The default SuSE .bashrc
includes code to check for /etc/profile.dos and sources it if it
exists. It also checks for ~/.alias and sources it if it exists.

/etc/profile.dos -- sets up aliases for DOS commands (del, move,
copy, etc.)

~/.alias -- best place to put your custom alias definitions.

Then, bash looks for additional config files to run...

For login shells, it looks for these files, in order, and executes
commands from the FIRST one that exists and is readable.

~/.bash_profile -- doesn't exist by default.

~/.bash_login -- doesn't exist by default. You can create it and put
custom commands here that you only want to happen once when you first
login. If this file exists, the the ~/.profile will not run. Normally,
this is not a problem since ~/.profile does not do much and the
~/.bashrc gets sourced from /etc/profile.

~/.profile -- sets LANG variable, sources /etc/profile IF it has not
already been run (checks PROFILEREAD variable), sources ~/.bashrc, runs
the fortune program if you uncomment it.

For interactive non-login shells, bash looks for this file:
~/.bashrc -- this is where most custom user settings should go.

When you logout, it looks for this file:
~/.bash_logout -- file doesn't exist by default. If you want to do
something every time you logout, create this file and load it up.

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