Running Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon

A while ago a created a script that changed the colors in the Terminal (to match a tutorial I was following)

However if I open the terminal on another account, I get this error:

dircolors: no SHELL environment variable, and no shell type option given

I no longer need the script anymore, so how can I track down where this thing is and get rid of it?

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    If its starting with the term, possibly .bashrc (if using bash) or in profiles. – cesar Jan 16 '16 at 4:15
  • How can I find it? I'm a Linux noob.... – 43Tesseracts Feb 14 '16 at 22:07
  • .bashrc should be located in your home directory. Profiles would be /etc/profiles. Just go into either file and try to find the dircolors var. – cesar Feb 15 '16 at 16:16
  • I have no .bashrc file in home, and /etc/profile does not contain dircolors in it. Any other locations? – 43Tesseracts Jul 5 '16 at 2:48

There are several places where you could have used a script besides ~/.bashrc or /etc/profile; without providing details on what changes you made, you will get only general advice. For instance, you might have

  • modified or added a file in /etc/profile.d
  • modified your ~/.profile or ~/.bash_profile
  • run the terminal via a script (or desktop "launcher")

You can find possible places using grep, e.g.,

$ grep -r -l dircolors /etc ~ 2>/dev/null

The error message is from dircolors (see source code), which does this when your SHELL environment variable is either unset or empty (see source-code for check).

  • Under debian based distros the file can be in /etc/skel/.bashrc – jeremiah Sep 16 '19 at 17:26

If you don't need dircolors (colorful output from "ls") when SHELL is not set, then wrap your eval dircolors command in an "if".

If you always use /bin/bash, then maybe do like this:

# enable color support of ls and also add handy aliases
if [ $SHELL = "/bin/bash" -a -x /usr/bin/dircolors ]; then
    test -r ~/.dircolors && eval "$(dircolors -b ~/.dircolors)" || eval "$(dircolors -b)"
    alias ls='ls --color=auto'
    #alias dir='dir --color=auto'
    #alias vdir='vdir --color=auto'
    #alias grep='grep --color=auto'
    #alias fgrep='fgrep --color=auto'
    #alias egrep='egrep --color=auto'

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