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Reloading Unix/Linux Profiles

Here’s something small but interesting and useful I learnt today. Often times, I update my linux profile so that I can have aliases to work with on my server. Problem is that the profile is only loaded when you login so, in normal circumstances, you would have to relogin to have your profile loaded. Now that’s a pain!

An easier solution (which works at least on bash) is to do this:

source .bash_profile

It’s something so simple and yet so powerful! I’ve heard that for KSH, you would need to simply invoke the profile file name and it would be reloaded. Will need  test this out for confirmation though :)

Created: 14th July 2011
Category: Tutorials
Tags: Linux, profile, reload, tips, tricks, unix