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.


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
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  • I added a .bash_profile and put the source part in it. Worked... Thx – boutta Jun 4 '09 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... .

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

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  • Exactly! In my case on Windows 7 .bashrc is ignored. – Laura Liparulo Sep 5 '17 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]

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  • ohh you might need to type in "source .bashrc" to get it to reload the alias... :) – Dao Oct 30 '09 at 17:26

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