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Standard .bashrc needs a minor fix


From: Chuck Remes
Subject: Standard .bashrc needs a minor fix
Date: Thu, 06 May 2010 09:30:20 -0500

Configuration Information [Automatically generated, do not change]:
Machine: x86_64
OS: linux-gnu
Compiler: gcc
Compilation CFLAGS:  -DPROGRAM='bash' -DCONF_HOSTTYPE='x86_64' 
-DCONF_OSTYPE='linux-gnu' -DCONF_MACHTYPE='x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu' 
-DCONF_VENDOR='unknown' -DLOCALEDIR='/usr/share/locale' -DPACKAGE='bash' 
-DSHELL -DHAVE_CONFIG_H   -I.  -I. -I./include -I./lib   -march=x86-64 
-mtune=generic -O2 -pipe
uname output: Linux box1 2.6.33-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Sun Apr 4 10:27:30 CEST 
2010 x86_64 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5355 @ 2.66GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
Machine Type: x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu

Bash Version: 4.1
Patch Level: 5
Release Status: release

Description:
The standard .bashrc contains a line of code that precludes certain scripts 
from executing. It has to do with 
the logic for checking if the session is interactive.

e.g.
[ -z "$PS1" ] && return

Usually a few other lines are included afterward to, for example, alias 'ls' 
and to set PS1 to a new value.

Some scripts like rvm (rvm.beginrescueend.com) need to run at the tail end of 
the login process to tack on more data
to PATH or set other environment variables (think of it as a post-login hook). 
These kinds of scripts fail to execute
with the code above.

Repeat-By:
Login.

Fix:
Here's an alternate method to perform the interactive session check, which 
accomplishes the same effect in a much safer manner.

# Check for an interactive session
if [[ ! -z "$PS1" ]] ; then
  alias ls='ls --color=auto'
  PS1='address@hidden \W]\$ '
fi

This allows scripts at the end of the .bashrc to be sourced/executed under all 
normal conditions, as well as sourcing of .bashrc from scripts.





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