Some dumb questions born of frustration

Janina Sajka janina at
Thu Oct 27 14:22:40 UTC 2016

Jeffery Mewtamer writes:
> Okay, created a single line .bash_profile with the source ~/.bashrc
> line and it works. Then, since both files are, for me at least, single
> liners, I tried .bash_profile with just the export PS1='\$' and no
> .bashrc and got the same result. For such minimalist configs, is there
> any reason to prefer a separate .bashrc?

Probably not in this case.

The various versions of .profile, e.g. .bash_profile, are only used when
for shells that are login shells--except graphical logins don't source

Your .bashrc is read by scripts, and such.

This is my current understanding of how this all fits together. Hope
it's helpful.


> And now that I don't have to manually type PS1=$ everytime I switch to
> a fresh terminal, is there any way I could add a short indicator of
> the active terminal before the $? Something along the lines of tty2$
> when I'm using tty2 and tty3$ when I'm using tty3.
> -- 
> Sincerely,
> Jeffery Wright
> President Emeritus, Nu Nu Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa.
> Former Secretary, Student Government Association, College of the Albemarle.
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