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How to write a shell script that gets executed on login?

I am trying to write bash shell script in Ubuntu 11.10 Linux distro, that will get executed automatically on logging into the system. But I am not able to figure out that what to write in script that ...
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Colorful ssh banner

I would like to colorize my ssh banner. I know I can perform it like so: In /etc/profile I can put: echo -e "\e[1;31m Colorful text" echo -e "\e[0m Reset" But I have some ASCII art in the banner ...
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sh - Using Arguments in .profile functions

I want to use an argument in the function I created in my .profile file. I want to ask for input if no argument is given, otherwise set a variable to $1. When I check $1 to see if it is empty, I ...
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Why doesn't alias work in AIX (Korn shell, .profile)?

I have these files in my home directory: drwxr-xr-x 3 meuser staff 256 Oct 12 13:11 . drwxr-xr-x 102 bin bin 4096 Sep 30 12:28 .. -rw------- 1 meuser staff ...
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Working with exporting PATH CentOS strange behaviour

I am trying to modify the PATH variable in two different scripts located in /etc/profile.d/ /etc/profile.d/php.sh #!/bin/sh PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/php/bin export PATH /etc/profile.d/mysql.sh ...
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How to correctly set the XDG base dirs gobally and dynamically

I get a lot of config folders in my homefolder. I assume that is, because $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is not set and some software (e.g. fontconfig, umlet) does not follow the standards. $XDG_CONFIG_HOME ...
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Add an application to the command search path in csh

Recently, I have installed an application (gnuplot) under user directory (/home/usr/bin). I want to run the application whenever I type 'gnuplot' in any directory. What could I do? I tried to set the ...
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Execute a program at login

I'm running Arch-Linux ARM on a Raspberry Pi. My project goal is to have a barcode scanner attached to the Pi that forwards the scanned messages to a server in a LAN. To harden the system against ...
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How to hold terminal open (excepting gnome-terminal)?

I find useful the gnome-terminal feature of editing (and creating) profiles with the option of holding the terminal open after the command exists. (I like to use context menu file manager to run ...
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Is it possible to create aliases that affect services starting?

Currently I have a custom service that executes java in multiple places. I want to be able to add an option to any executions of java this service will spawn (I'm specifying the error log location, ...
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Is it possible to have 2 different passwords saved for the same network?

I'm not always at home and sometimes the router needs to be reset completely to receive a new wan ip address because my roommates are not very tech savvy at all. When this happens the password is ...
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bash: xport: command not found

I have used export to change my PATH variable. export not xport, but now every time I open a terminal I get this error: bash: xport: command not found [mirko@localhost ~]$ I tried removing ...
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.bash_logout or .zlogout isn't parsed when autostarting xserver directly after login on console

I made a line: [[ -z $DISPLAY && $XDG_VTNR -le 4 ]] && exec startx (right out of the Arch Wiki) at the end of .xinitrc to start the Xserver right after login on console. Whenever ...
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Terminal title shows sudo, but I want command that's sudo'ed

So I've become pretty adept at the tasks here from editing all the posts to answering questions, so I think it's about time I ask one: Technical Information Distribution: Gentoo Desktop Environment: ...
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grom() keyword in bash throws unexpected '(' token

I'm not entirely sure why I'm getting the error in my .bash_profile syntax error near unexpected token `(' when I use the keyword grom() for my function. I wanted to create a bash function that ...
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How do I setup a floating profile in Linux

I have an external hard drive that is switched between machines. I want my home folder to point to this external hard drive for ordinary usage purposes - documents, downloads, work areas, that sort ...
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Open Firefox twice (with same profile)

There are tons of resources that tell how to run several instances of Firefox in parrallel. I can't find any that tells me how to configure a command (on a command line, start menu item, or panel ...
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Environment Variables not getting set in bash_profile

I have my bash_profile environment setting as follows: if [ `hostname` = "devoraebs01" ]; then echo `hostname -f` . /appl_top/deverp/appl/APPSDEVERP_devoraebs01.env When I log into this host, ...
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How to add a function to .bash_profile/.profile/bashrc in shell?

I have a function which converts epoch time to date. Here is the definition date1(){ date -d @$1 } I'd like to be able to write: $ date1 xxxyyy Where xxxyyy is the parameter I pass into my ...
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Global bash_profile

I realize there are /etc/profile and /etc/bashrc files for setting global environment variables and maybe I'm just misunderstanding their purposes, but... Is there a global bash_profile file? I'm ...
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Using different profiles (.kshrc_xxx) in ksh

In bash you can load a different profile by using the --rcfile option, is there such an option in ksh? Or perhaps a workaround... I know you can invoke the shell without the .kshrc profile using the ...
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Change default user configuration file location

If possible, how can I change the default location the system looks to for files such as: .bashrc .bash_history .bash_profile .cshrc .hushlogin .tcshrc I run Plesk and the default user home ...
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Can .bash_profile be auto sourced after change?

I'm always wondering if there's a way to do this. I don't want to type source after changing my .bash_profile all the time.
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Bash script results in errors like “: command not found”. Using Sublime Text to edit the file in Windows [duplicate]

I had a ~/.bash_profile which I wanted to move to somewhere where it'll be executed for all users, including the root. I was led to /etc/profile which worked great. I appended my script there and it ...
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Different ssh login directory from user home

So, I'm working on a remote server via ssh that I log in and out of dozens of times a day, and I'd like to have bash cd to a default directory I've chosen as soon as I login, but I don't actually want ...
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auto installing dropbox daemon(dropboxd) with profile signed in automatically script issue

I am trying to install dropbox automatically in my server auto-install script so when I spawn a new VPS instance I'm able to have dropbox installed and have the credentials already inputed via the ...
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Send email if user accesses the server via ssh [closed]

I want to get notified if any person accesses my Debian server via ssh. So I want to send an email whenever a user logs in on my server via ssh, so I added this line at the end of /etc/profile: ...
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Command prompt (PS1) including the number of files in directory (both hidden and regular entries)

I have finally come up with a favourite PS1 format but I find it takes too long to load. I need help optimizing... The part that is slowing it down is when I call the external commands in the prompt. ...
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xset not having any effect in my .xsessionrc file

I need to set some trackpoint settings automatically. I don't know the best file in which to place these commands, but I used .xsessionrc. The commands are properly executed (I can verify that by ...
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Ash profile/configuration file

I am looking for a way to customize Ash sessions with my own sets of aliases and whatnots. What is the Ash equivalent of Bash's bashrc files?
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Start text terminal shell from Linux DM?

Is it possible to start a shell in a text terminal from a Linux Desktop Manager such as GDM, MDM or KDM? I have a user that has a .profile with a bash select loop offering the option to startx (where ...
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How do I define alias with variables which can be changed at runtime?

This is probably a very easy to answer question, but I could not find any questions already asking this due to different wording when writing titles. Running help alias on my bash prompt returns only ...
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What do the scripts in /etc/profile.d do?

I am reading about basic shell scripting from Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible. It says that the /etc/profile file sets the environment variables at startup of the Bash shell. The ...
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Why doesn't my ~/.bash_profile work?

I'm using Linux Mint. My login shell (cat /etc/passwd | grep myUserName) is bash. After I start my graphical desktop environment and run terminal emulator from it, I could see that .bash_profile is ...
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several virtual profiles for the same user

Many times there are several "identities" which one user uses: for work, open-source, academia etc., all require different ssh keys, editor configurations, git configs etc. I was wondering if there ...
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No prompt after logging in

After entering my username and password when trying to log in, I am not getting the command prompt. This is what my screen looks like: pal login: root Password: Last login: Wed Oct 14 15:42:19 on ...
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What is the difference between ~/.profile, ~/.bashrc, ~/.bash_profile, ~/.gnomerc, /etc/bash_bashrc, /etc/screenrc …?

Answers to the questions on SO and askubuntu, along with poking through (and reading headers of) $HOME and /etc/, indicate a number of files that can be used to set environment variables, including: ...
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.profile is not sourced in Debian Wheezy LXDE

I add $HOME/bin to $PATH from ~/.profile. However, it seems it is not sourced during login. I use a login manager - lxdm I think, and not startx. I know this matters as to which scripts are executed. ...
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“No such file” warning on terminal launch

I ran a source command on a file that was missing. I forgot about it but later noticed that every time I opened a new terminal, the first line would be a warning about the missing file bash: ...
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bash_completion does not work in dtach

I start dtach from bash using the following command dtach -c /tmp/dt0 bash the problem is, before I started dtach, bash_completion worked. But once I start dtach, bash_completion does not work ...
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efficient rc file syncing or replication

Recently I've been experimenting with KVM and virtual machines. I'm lazy and tired of manually copying/syncing my .rc files. Some Googling didn't immediately turn up any tools. Are there any CLI tools ...
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How to source /etc/profile and .bashrc while starting vncserver

I have an installation of RHEL5.10 (2.6.18-371.11.1.el5) with vncserver: # rpm -qa | grep vnc libvncserver-0.9.7-2.el5 vnc-server-4.1.2-14.el5_6.6 x11vnc-0.9.13-8.el5 While my other installations ...
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why is EXPORT PS1 in my .profile getting clobbered?

In this question How can I get KornShell to display the date and time in the prompt? all the variables are visible in ksh except PS1 which appears to be getting replaced somehow. How can I determine ...
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Modifying $HOME variable on a session startup script: Gnome ignores it?

I'm modifying the $HOME variable on a /etc/profile.d script. This seems to be OK for console sessions. There are some caveats on graphical sessions, though: Gnome won't load my desktop ...
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Change the PS1 prompt in a subshell sh called from parent bash

When I am running an interactive bash session, I sometimes experiment with sh. I call sh directly from this bash session. My question is, how can I change the PS1 prompt of this subshell? I would ...
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Is it possible to have a bashrc for a usergroup?

Is it possible to execute some bashrc file for all users in a group? If you can do that system-wide in /etc/profile then why not for a usergroup?
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How to set up environment after installation of a software inside home directory?

I am not familiar much with environment and path settings in UNIX environment. I have installed CDO (climate data operators) in a folder in my home directory. I am only able to run it when I go into ...
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Terminal sometimes fails to find executables on local directory [duplicate]

I can open my terminal emulator via a keyboard shortcut or through the apps finder that executes the exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator command. My terminal starts and I can cd to any directory and ...
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Setting PATH vs. exporting PATH in ~/.bash_profile [duplicate]

What's the difference and which is better to use when customizing my bash profile? Documentation on the export command is scarce, as it's a builtin cmd. Excerpt from version 1 of my ~/.bash_profile: ...
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Checking if line in file exist

I have a bash script which asks a user for the number of CPU cores and saves it to variable named $cores. Now I want to add this variable to .bashrc, so I ask user how much CPU cores he has and then ...