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* Put something in ~/.profile
* Install latest mono 4.8 (126.96.36.1992 in my case).
* Open a new terminal window.
* Check that what you put in ~/.profile wasn't executed.
This is because the mono packager creates ~/.bash_profile, which overrides ~/.profile.
Also the mono packager creates ~/.bash_profile as root:
$ ls -la ~/.bash_profile
-rw-r--r-- 1 root staff 36 Jan 30 07:53 /Users/rolf/.bash_profile
which is all kinds of bad.
$ mono --version
Mono JIT compiler version 4.8.0 (mono-4.8.0-branch/6f90ed1 Sat Jan 21 09:40:15 EST 2017)
Copyright (C) 2002-2014 Novell, Inc, Xamarin Inc and Contributors. www.mono-project.com
Also seeing this issue and it's tremendously annoying. Following on this ticket to increase visibility.
Thirded. Also getting this issue and finding it frustrating.
+1. This is a tool for developers; just tell us what you'd like to add to the environment and we'll do it where and how we want. Don't muck around with my .bashrc or .profile or anything else like that.
This was fixed in https://github.com/xamarin/bockbuild/commit/ea5675a397326eaf524c6910ecc4ff92121b4553 before the stable Mono 4.8 release.