Initialization Files

Several initialization (or startup) files are associated with each user account home directory (identified by the $HOME environment parameter). These files specify commands to be executed when the associated event occurs. Depending on the login shell being used, a login initialization file, a shell startup file, or a logout file can exist. Table 6.5 lists the various initialization files.

Table 6.5. Initialization Files
Login initialization file$HOME/.profile$HOME/.login$HOME/.profile
Shell startup fileN/A$HOME/.cshrcUser-defined
Logout fileN/A$HOME/.logoutN/A

Commands in the login initialization file are executed when the user logs in. All three common shells provide a login initialization file. Commands in the ...

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