I opened my terminal, like I do most days Mon-Fri, and was surprised to see this error:
Last login: Fri Jul 27 17:19:25 on console -bash: echo: write error: Broken pipe SomeMac:~ user568458$
Everything seems to work fine currently, but things like this worry me because they could be a clue that something is wrong which might blow up later.
Doing some searches suggests that this message can appear if someone introduces an error into
.bash_profile - but I haven't modified that file in a long time and haven't installed anything that would modify it recently. In fact, my
.bash_profile file reports its "Modified" date as February (5 months ago).
How can I investigate what caused this or how serious it is? Or is it something that can be safely ignored?
In case it's relevant, since that other linked Q&A mentions
.bash_profile commands related to
NVM (which I do use), here's the contents of my
export NVM_DIR="$HOME/.nvm" [ -s "$NVM_DIR/nvm.sh" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/nvm.sh" # This loads nvm [ -s "$NVM_DIR/bash_completion" ] && \. "$NVM_DIR/bash_completion" # This loads nvm bash_completion
But this doesn't include the infinite-loop causing line
source ~/.bash_profile in that other guy's answer, and these have (as far as I can) not changed since February, so I'm not sure how they could be the cause of the error.