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Do I need a .bashrc or .bash_profile for MSI systems?
(Updated Summer 2014)
You will need both on MSI systems.
Most MSI systems, including HPC clusters (e.g., Itasca, Cascade): only $HOME/.bash_profile is sourced by default on login. To guarantee .bashrc is also sourced we recommend following this FAQ.
Non-HPC systems (e.g., Lab workstations and queue, login.msi.umn.edu, etc): both $HOME/.bashrc and $HOME/.bash_profile are sourced on login. If your .bashrc and .bash_profile were customized prior to the new primary storage system roll-out, you may encounter errors on login indicating unknown paths/executables. See recommended solution below.
Inside NICE and NX sessions: Only $HOME/.bashrc is sourced by default. Again, follow the recommended solution below to merge old .bashrc and .bash_profile files into one .bashrc.