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I'm running RHEL 7.4 with bash shell and GNOME Terminal and am trying to figure out why LD_LIBRARY_PATH contains paths to certain directories. I removed ~/.bashrc and ~/.bash_profile but after restarting the terminal I find that LD_LIBRARY_PATH is still populated.

More peculiar is that LD_LIBRARY_PATH contains paths to locations which I've created like /home/jodag/my_local/lib. I thought deleting .bashrc would stop these values from being loaded but it hasn't.

Is there a way to list all the scripts being executed when the terminal starts, or possibly some other way to track down what is setting my LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable?

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    I'd guess it's possible that the process which starts the terminal emulator still has LD_LIBRARY_PATH set and this gets inherited by bash when you start it? – njsg Sep 4 '17 at 21:02
  • I think you're right. I re-logged and now things are working as I would expect. Looking through my old ~/.bash_profile I found that it was executing ~/.bashrc which meant that ~/.bashrc was being executed twice, once on log-in and once when the terminal started. – jodag Sep 4 '17 at 21:37
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Your display manager and your window manager each run system-wide init scripts and per-user init scripts. Consult their man pages. Among the usual suspects are ~/.xinitrc and ~/.xsession.

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