My .bashrc looks like this:

alias name@server="ssh server sname"
echo "bashrc read"

The echo statement is just for checking if it is read. But the echo does nothing. I want to set an alias for a quicker ssh into a box doing a certain command which is a working alias on the remote box.

4 Answers 4


I haven't used cygwin in some time, but I'm guessing that it wants ~/.bash_profile. Simple fix to test.

ln -s ~/.bashrc ~/.bash_profile

Or if ~/.bash_profile exists, source .bashrc.

if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]
  . ~/.bashrc
  • I added a .bash_profile and put the source part in it. Worked... Thx
    – boutta
    Jun 4, 2009 at 7:20

Because your cygwin bash is a login shell which reads the profile files, not the rc files. See jtimberman's answer for the second part of the answer... .


as jtimberman said, it's probably using .bash_profile. Another one to remember about is .profile.

  • Exactly! In my case on Windows 7 .bashrc is ignored. Sep 5, 2017 at 19:01

You need to resolve the ip. simply add the "ipaddress sname" to your C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts files and it should resolved it.

example: localhost [ipaddress sname]

  • ohh you might need to type in "source .bashrc" to get it to reload the alias... :)
    – Dao
    Oct 30, 2009 at 17:26

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