profile - set up user's environment at login time
If the file /etc/profile exists, it is executed by the shell for every
user who logs in. The file /etc/profile should be set up to do only
those things that are desirable for every user on the system, or to
set reasonable defaults. If a user's login (home) directory contains
a file named .profile, that file is executed (via the shell's exec
.profile) before the session begins. .profile files are useful for
setting various environment parameters, setting terminal modes, or
overriding some or all of the results of executing /etc/profile.
The following example is typical (except for the comments):
# Make some environment variables global
export MAIL PATH TERM
# Set file creation mask
# Tell me when new mail comes in
# Add my /bin directory to the shell search sequence
# Set terminal type
echo "terminal: \c"
case $TERM in
300) stty cr2 nl0 tabs; tabs;;
300s) stty cr2 nl0 tabs; tabs;;
450) stty cr2 nl0 tabs; tabs;;
hp) stty cr0 nl0 tabs; tabs;;
745|735) stty cr1 nl] -tabs; TERM=745;;
43) stty cr1 nl0 -tabs;;
*) echo "$TERM unknown";;
A more complete model .profile can be found in /etc/skel/.profile.
env(1), login(1), mail(1), sh(1), stty(1), su(1), environ(5), term(5).
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