I don't know how to phrase this to be clear. I'm not talking about terminals or shells, I know what the difference between login and non-login shells are. What I want to know is when I start up my computer and log in to the desktop, do any of the "dot files" (
.bashrc, etc.) in my home folder get run? If so, which ones?
I'm asking because by default most terminal apps you open don't use login shells by default, but I've read advice saying not to modify things like environment variables in your
.bashrc file, to instead put it in
.bash_profile, but how am I to set those things if I'm primarily using non-login shells? Or is that advice maybe aimed at people who SSH into their workstations?
I obviously know how to work around any of those issues, I'm more explaining why I am curious about it than describing a problem I've run into.