Bash - The GNU Bourne Again Shell
GNU Bash is the default command interpreter on many GNU / Linux systems. Many scripts are written in Bash, and together with the other tools from GNU / Linux installation can Bash be used for many things.
Bash is also the default shell on many GNU / Linux systems. The shell receives commands from the user in a terminal or console. UiB offers Bash or tcsh as the default shell on GNU / Linux and UNIX systems. You can select shell in SEBRA.
Customizing the shell
Bash reads some files on startup and when closing. You can read more about that in the documentation for Bash. For example, try the command man bash or info bash on a GNU / Linux system.
The files in your home directory that controls the settings for Bash include
If you can not find those files there (ls -al ~) you can copy the templates for them from the directory /etc/skel.
$ cd ~ $ ls .bash* ls: cannot access .bash*: No such file or directory $ cp /etc/skel/.bash* ~
If the files are there, you must of course not overwrite them, then you will lose the settings made in the files before.
A common metodth to set up environment variables in bash is to add a line for each variable in the file ~/.bashrc, as follows:
$ export test = "This is a test"
This gives the variable $test value 'This is a test'. It is common for system variables using CAPS, and that all other variables not use all capital letters.