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Re: --rcfile still opening the SYS_BASHRC

From: Lluís Batlle
Subject: Re: --rcfile still opening the SYS_BASHRC
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 23:22:46 +0200

2009/5/15 Chet Ramey <address@hidden>:
> Lluís Batlle wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I have a problem in bash (3.2 and 4). I have it compiled with
>> "-DSYS_BASHRC=/etc/bashrc", and since some time ago I could use "bash
>> --rcfile ~/.myrc" to skip the parsing of /etc/bashrc.
>> I can't recall what was the compile configuration of that bash where
>> this worked. But in the latest bash 3.2 and 4 I've tried (for 4, I
>> have all patches published), using "--rcfile" *parses* /etc/bashrc
> This is how bash is supposed to behave.  Defining SYS_BASHRC makes bash
> source that file just before it sources the bashrc file.

I think I noticed SYS_BASHRC isn't sourced under "--rcfile" if bash
3.2 is not compiled with readline.
I had scripts using this feature, and suddenly they started to fail
when I used another bash (compiled with readline or ncurses).

>> According to the manual, "--rcfile" should make bash avoid the system bashrc.
> I'm not sure which manual you mean.  The bash manual doesn't say anything
> about SYS_BASHRC, since it's a feature that's not compiled in by default.

I agree. How do you suggest I can load an initialization file
automatically (as with "--rcfile"), but without SYS_BASHRC being

>> Moreover, about parameter parsing, in bash versions 3.2 and 4, trying
>> to run "bash -i --rcfile xxx" results in bad parameter parsing,
>> getting a complain about parameter "--".
> The manual does have something to say about that:
>        Bash  also  interprets  a  number  of  multi-character
>        options.  These options must appear on the command line
>        before the single-character options to be recognized.
Right. Thank you. I hadn't seen that before.

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