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Title: What is the difference between /etc/profile and .bashrc
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I think this answer sums it up nicely:

From man bash:

Invocation

[…]

When bash is invoked as an interactive login shell, or as a
non-interactive shell with the –login option, it first reads and
executes commands from the file /etc/profile, if that file exists.
After reading that file, it looks for ~/.bash_profile, ~/.bash_login,
and ~/.profile, in that order, and reads and executes commands from
the first one that exists and is readable. The –noprofile option may
be used when the shell is started to inhibit this behavior.

[…]

When an interactive shell that is not a login shell is started, bash
reads and executes commands from ~/.bashrc, if that file exists. This
may be inhibited by using the –norc option. The –rcfile file option
will force bash to read and execute commands from file instead of
~/.bashrc.

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