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Posted on: 18 Mar 2008
Author: mandrei
Section: Server Operating Systems | Administration Guides
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Reloading profile - how to reload Unix profile

Use the following command to reload a unix profile (/etc/profile, ~/.profile, ~/.bash_profile ...):

$ . ~/.profile
$ . /etc/profile

Notice: . (dot) is a command that originates from source command. On some unix flavours (FreeBSD 6 for example) source command works still:

$ source ~/.profile
$ source /etc/profile

.profile settings overwrite those in /etc/profile. You can also use .bash_profile in your home directory to customize your bash shell's profile.

Basically, if you need to load shell variables from any file just run the . (dot) command, followed by space and (the absolute path is necessary) the path to the file. (Be carefull what file you're loading variables from because you meight overwrite some important environment variables and your system could become unstable).

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2 comment(s) to Reloading /etc/profile - how to reload Unix /etc/profile:

1. Re: Reloading /etc/profile - how to reload Unix /etc/profile
Simple and very easy to forget by Pedro at May 02nd, 2010 - 23:45
I knew that this command existed, but who said that I could remember his name? Tks man!

2. Re: Reloading /etc/profile - how to reload Unix /etc/profile
'sans titre) by gazel at November 16th, 2008 - 13:18
comment puis-je obtenir de l'aide en Fran├žais ?

joel.gazel@wanadoo.fr sur Ubuntu

Merci d'avance.

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