.bashrc vs. .bash_profile

Matthew S-H mathbymath at aol.com
Fri Jul 15 05:05:56 UTC 2005

Sorry to ask such a simple problem, but i looked through the first  
100 results on google and found nothing.

What is the difference?  Under what situations does it read one over  
the other?
I know it depends on if a shell is interactive or net.

But when is a shell "interactive"?  And what does it mean to be  
Is it referring to interaction with the user, other processes, or what?


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