bashrc in Mac OS

If you are working with CUDA or OpenCV on Mac OS, you need to provide proper paths before you compile. And in some cases you need to give these paths every time you open a terminal. In Linux, there is bashrc file in which we can add all the paths. But in Mac OS, I could not find it. We need to create a profile and it loads every time we open a terminal.

To make your own profile, open the terminal and type

sudo vi /etc/bashrc

At the end of this file, add the following line

source ~/.bashrc

Now if you restart the terminal, you get a warning :

-bash: /Users/username/.bashrc: No such file or directory

Now create this file

vim .bashrc

Add whatever the paths you want into this file. For example, I would add

export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr

Save the file.

Now restart the terminal. Whenever you start a terminal from now on all the settings in bashrc file are loaded.

Done and done! 🙂


Search and replace a word in a file using Vim editor

There are many times when you want to replace multiple occurrences of a word in a file with another word. In small files you can do it manually. But in large files, you can’t take on that method. Vim editor provides a simple command to do this. Say you want to replace a word ‘begin‘ with the word ‘end‘ from a file ‘test‘.

In the terminal,

vim test

Once you have the file opened, simply type this command


This command will replace all the occurrences of ‘begin‘ with ‘end