Every time after I login, but before the desktop loads, a dialog box with the error:

Error found when loading /home/[user]/.profile
enp7s0: Unknown host
ifconfig: `--help' gives usage information.

I can just click OK and the dialog box disappears, and GNOME loads up afterwards.

However, the last 2 lines of the error message appear whenever I open a new terminal. I can still use the terminal, it just displays that error first.

I know that 'enp7s0' is my Ethernet profile. It also works correctly. So why would I get this error whenever I log in, and does it have any performance implications that I'm just not seeing?

  • Seems like you've made a change to your bashrc that's giving this error. Please post the output of grep -nC2 ifconfig ~/.bashrc. This will find any matches and give 2 context lines before and after, plus line numbers. – wjandrea Sep 27 '18 at 0:32
  • Thanks. I was trying to serve up my IP to a live browser-sync server I was trying to run. Completely forgot about that it was so long ago. – Robert Dunn Sep 27 '18 at 0:50

Your ~/.profile (or ~/.bashrc) contains a ifconfig line that appears to not work. You can find that line and comment it out like this:

# ifconfig ...

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