How to capture all the environment variables from shell?

Thorsten Kampe thorsten at
Mon Aug 2 10:33:22 CEST 2010

* Tim Chase (Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:42:24 -0500)
> On 07/26/10 21:26, Steven W. Orr wrote:
> > Please! Never export anything from your .bashrc unless you
> > really know what you're doing. Almost all exports should be
> > done in your .bash_profile
> Could you elaborate on your reasoning why (or why-not)?  I've 
> found that my .bash_profile doesn't get evaluated when I crank up 
> another terminal window, while my bashrc does.  Thus I tend to 
> put my exports in my ~/.bashrc so they actually take effect in my 
> shell...

~/.bash_profile is only evaluated for login shells and ~/.bashrc only 
for non-login shells. Thus it's recommended to keep ~/.bash_profile 
empty (except a source statement for .bashrc) and put all your settings, 
aliases, exports, etc. in .bashrc.


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