My bash_profile looks like:

#print status
#do other stuff
source ~/.bashrc

For some reason, every terminal emulator I call executes this script. Shouldn't it be executed only once, when I login. Why is this happening?

My bashrc contains these commands:

export PATH=$PATH:/home/saga/bin
export VISUAL=vim
export EDITOR=vim
export LS_COLORS='rs=0:di=01;34:ln=01;36:mh=00:pi=40;33'

alias ls='ls --color=auto'
alias ll='ls -l'
alias la='ls -a'
alias lla='ls -al'
alias cx='chmod +x'
alias clipboard='xsel -b'
alias diff='diff --color=auto'
alias grep='grep --color=auto'
alias sakura='sakura -e tmux'
alias zathura='zathura --fork'

export HISTCONTROL=ignoredupd

I understand tmux starts every pane as a login shell, but sakura executes .bash_profile even when I call it by it's path.

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    Most of the terminal emulators do login. – Ipor Sircer Nov 28 '16 at 18:03
  • I use sakura as terminal emulator. It's man page says it should be given '-l' while calling it for it to behave as a login shell. – saga Nov 28 '16 at 18:07

Actually bash documentation says

Invoked as an interactive non-login shell When an interactive shell that is not a login shell is started, Bash reads and executes commands from ~/.bashrc, if that file exists.

So it's a expected behaviour

Source : http://www.gnu.org/software/bash/manual/bashref.html#Bash-Startup-Files

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    Yes, it executes ~/.bashrc nicely. The problem is that it executes ~/.bash_profile as well, for non-login shells. Which shouldn't happen. – saga Nov 28 '16 at 19:39

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