System Wide Bash Login Script

Drew Tomlinson drew at
Wed Dec 18 17:27:01 UTC 2013

On 12/17/2013 3:56 PM, Matthew Pherigo wrote:
> Hi Drew!
> Believe it or not, systemwide bashrc sourcing isn't actually built-in to bash by default (though in my opinion, it should be). This behavior of global config sourcing actually comes from default /etc/profile files that come with Linux distros. Since FreeBSD uses csh/tcsh by default, of course, it comes with no such thing. However, it's fairly easy to add. The following snippet of code goes into your /etc/profile:
> if [ "$PS1" ]; then
>    if [ "$BASH" ] && [ "$BASH" != "/bin/sh" ]; then
>      if [ -f /usr/local/etc/bash.bashrc ]; then
>      fi
>    fi
> fi
> If the shell is interactive, is a bash shell, and the file /usr/local/etc/bash.bashrc exists, it sources it.
> This is the snippet of code I use; I think it was originally from Debian.
> --Matt

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your reply.  The snippet of code you provided does work. 
However, I remain confused.

I have a box I built a couple of years ago which is currently at 9.1.  I 
don't recall how I got bash login scripts working on that one but it 
appears that I put my commands in /usr/local/etc/bashrc. The 
/etc/profile on that box is the default where everything is commented 
out.  So no code is needed on that box to get the commands in 
/usr/local/etc/bashrc to run when logging in.

I'm just trying to understand why the /etc/profile trick is required on 
this new box I built but not the old?



>> On Dec 17, 2013, at 5:28 PM, Drew Tomlinson <drew at> wrote:
>> I'm trying to figure out where the system wide bash login script should be for FBSD 9.2.  I've tried /etc/profile, /usr/local/etc/profile, and I even found reference to creating a .bashrc file in home directories, testing for /usr/local/etc/profile, and then calling it if it exists.  None of this seems to work.  However if I paste the contents into a shell after logging in, I get the expected behavior.
>> What am I missing?
>> Thanks,
>> Drew
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