It's not called
bash_profile, but the standard place for global bash configuration is
/etc/bash.bashrc. It's usual to call this from
/etc/profile if the shell is bash. For example, in my
/etc/profile I have:
if [ "$PS1" ]; then
if [ "$BASH" ] && [ "$BASH" != "/bin/sh" ]; then
# The file bash.bashrc already sets the default PS1.
if [ ‐f /etc/bash.bashrc ]; then
In terms of usage,
/etc/profile provides system-wide configuration for all Bourne compatible shells (sh, bash, ksh, etc.). There's normally no need for an equivalent
/etc/bash_profile, because the intention of the profile file is to control behaviour for login shells. Normally anything you want to do there is not going to be bash-specific.
/etc/bash.bashrc is bash-specific, and will be run for both login and non-login shells.
To further complicate things, it looks like OS X doesn't even have an
/etc/bash.bashrc. This is probably related to the fact that Terminals in OS X default to running as login shells, so the distinction is lost:
An exception to the terminal window guidelines is Mac OS X’s
Terminal.app, which runs a login shell by default for each new
terminal window, calling .bash_profile instead of .bashrc. Other GUI
terminal emulators may do the same, but most tend not to.
I don't run OS X, so the extent of my knowledge ends there.