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Executing . .bash_profile (or source ~/.bash_profile) doesn't seem to do anything. (.bash_profile below; I don't see the echo "bash profile end" in the terminal). However, if I copy-paste lines from .bash_profile, they work.

I'm running an interactive login shell, have tried restarting but now am at a loss to understand . .bash_profile doesn't return anything. (additionally, when I open a new terminal, .bash_profile isn't sourced, but it was a couple of hours ago). Any help would be most appreciated.

Mac OS Sierra. SHELL: /bin/bash/ PATH: /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/opt/X11/bin:/Library/TeX/texbin

# Colors and styles
# export PS1="\[\033[36m\]\u\[\033[m\]@\[\033[32m\]\h:\[\033[33;1m\]\w\[\033[m\]\$ "
export CLICOLOR=1 
export LSCOLORS=ExFxBxDxCxegedabagacad 
alias ls='ls -GFh'
# -G == colorize output, -h size human readable, -F {/ after directory, * after executable, @ after symlink}

# Move homebrew's usr/local/bin ahead of /usr/bin
# export PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:~/bin:$PATH

# Add homebrew directory
export PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:$PATH

# virtualenvwrapper
export WORKON_HOME=~/.envs
export VIRTUALENVWRAPPER_PYTHON=/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.6.2/bin/python3
export VIRTUALENVWRAPPER_VIRTUALENV=/usr/local/bin/virtualenv
export VIRTUALENVWRAPPER_VIRTUALENV_ARGS='--no-site-packages'
source /usr/local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh

echo "bash profile end"
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  • What are the permissions on .bash_profile? Jul 18, 2017 at 9:13
  • they were 644, I've just tried 777 and that didn't help either
    – Liz
    Jul 18, 2017 at 9:15
  • Is your .bashrc sourcing your .bash_profile? Iirc the mac terminal doesn't start as a login shell but I forget the rule about which is sourced automatically when as I'm sourcing my .bash_profile under Linux. I recall doing the same when I ran OS X.
    – Cory T
    Jul 18, 2017 at 9:27
  • I don't seem to have a .bashrc, so no.
    – Liz
    Jul 18, 2017 at 9:31
  • Try creating one and have it source your .bash_profile. If the .bashrc is missing then bash will use the system's copy (/etc/bashrc).
    – Cory T
    Jul 18, 2017 at 9:36

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~/.bash_profile is executed only when a login shell starts.

~/.bashrc is executed when a non-login interactive shell is run.

To have commands executed when you open a new Terminal, you must put them in ~/.bashrc.

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  • I'm running an interactive login shell :)
    – Liz
    Jul 18, 2017 at 10:26
  • 2
    This is true in general, but the OSX terminal runs a login shell (by default at least and most people don't change the default). Jul 19, 2017 at 22:39

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