difference between .bashrc and .bash_profile
I am using the bash shell right now in RH 8.0, and I am a real newbie at all this. I am trying to understand which files control the general environment variables. I thought it was .bashrc, but now I found another file .bash_profile that also does some Path initialization, and I was wondernig if somebody can tell me which one does what, and why there are apparently two different .profile type files. Obviously they both have their separate responsibilities, I just don't know what they are.
I am trying to setup my environment for using the J2EE SDK, which is why I need to know this. Thanks for the information guys.