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From: Juergen Ilse <juergen@...>
Subject: Re: /etc/profile
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 00:55:03 +0100

On Sun, Dec 02, 2001 at 05:52:12PM -0800, Zach Forrest wrote:
> I noticed some discussion in November about /etc/profile, but it seems
> to have trailed off. Are there any objections to adding the following?
> if [ -e "${HOME}/.bash_profile" ]; then
>       . ${HOME}/.bash_profile
> fi

I think, it is not a good idea ...
If you start bash as login-shell, it should parse ${[HOME}/.bash_profile
if that file exists, so there should be no need for such a hack. If you
insert "bash-specific" commands to this file, you may get error-messages,
if you use some other shell that reads /etc/profile (for example ash, sash
or ksh). Please don't do such things like inserting something like source
~/.bash_profile in /etc/profile. /etc/profile should not be bash-specific
in any way.

	Juergen Ilse					(ilse@...)
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-- Zach Forrest
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