When I connect to my Ubuntu system remotely, .bashrc is not getting loaded. I know this because lines at the end of .bashrc simply do not run, though they do if I manually dotsource after logging in with . .bashrc. I looked in /etc/skel and checked .profile etc, and I also see the loader lines for .bashrc in the users /home/myuser/.profile. Here are the lines in /home/myuser/.profile (and I am logging into the system with myuser from Putty.exe from a remote Windows host). Why does .bashrc not load as when I log into the system from Putty, /home/myuser/.profile should be loading right?

# if running bash
if [ -n "$BASH_VERSION" ]; then
    # include .bashrc if it exists
    if [ -f "$HOME/.bashrc" ]; then
        . "$HOME/.bashrc"
  • The files in /etc/skel are just template files - what actually matters are the remote user account's own ~/.profile and ~/.bash_login (which takes priority if it exists) – steeldriver Dec 8 '20 at 13:21
  • oh, then I really don't understand ... From putty on Windows, I point at the Ubuntu host IP and log in as myuser which is a user that exists on the Ubuntu box. As far as I'm concerned, there is no remote user, I'm just logging in with the credentials of the local user myuser right? So, I go to /home/myuser and in ~/.profile the lines that I put in my original question are there. I only mentioned /etc/skel as I checked there also, but the lines that I put above are in /home/myuser/.profile. I was not clear in my question and I've updated that. Still, .bashrc does not load. – YorSubs Dec 8 '20 at 13:41
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    By any chance, do the files ~/.bash_profile or ~/.bash_login exist? Because if they exist, ~/.profile is not read. – raj Dec 8 '20 at 15:40
  • You got it @raj, thanks. 🙂 Somehow a zero-length .bash_profile appeared in that folder. Wow, the convoluted ways that bash uses various types of profile files is ever-bizarre and confusing ... 🙄 – YorSubs Dec 8 '20 at 17:59

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