CommRLock78 wrote:The plot thickens (although note that there is no
.bashrc in the home directory - perhaps the culprit?).
Yep, absolutely that's the culprit.. but what is even weirder
is that you don't have a .bashrc in /etc/skel/
/etc/skel/.bashrc is what the OS uses to create a .bashrc file when a user is added to the system. Without it, every user you create will be missing their .bashrc file.
I think it's gonna be a case of creating those files from scratch. Here's what I suggest you do. Copy/paste the code I'm posting below into a new file and save it as .bashrc in your home folder. Then, using a root-mode file manager
(should be in your System Tools menu) copy the .bashrc you previously made into /etc/skel/
Permissions for both .bashrc files should be owner: Read and Write, Group & Others: Read-Only, and not
Once you've done all the above, your .bash_aliases should work, and you'll have a few more useful aliases defined as well.
Now, here is my .bashrc file, which you should copy/paste to create your own. (I've commented out the 'fortune' lines I've added to my own copy)
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# ~/.bashrc: executed by bash(1) for non-login shells.
# see /usr/share/doc/bash/examples/startup-files (in the package bash-doc)
# for examples
# If not running interactively, don't do anything
[ -z "$PS1" ] && return
# don't put duplicate lines in the history. See bash(1) for more options
# ... or force ignoredups and ignorespace
# append to the history file, don't overwrite it
shopt -s histappend
# for setting history length see HISTSIZE and HISTFILESIZE in bash(1)
# check the window size after each command and, if necessary,
# update the values of LINES and COLUMNS.
shopt -s checkwinsize
# make less more friendly for non-text input files, see lesspipe(1)
[ -x /usr/bin/lesspipe ] && eval "$(SHELL=/bin/sh lesspipe)"
# set variable identifying the chroot you work in (used in the prompt below)
if [ -z "$debian_chroot" ] && [ -r /etc/debian_chroot ]; then
# set a fancy prompt (non-color, unless we know we "want" color)
case "$TERM" in
# uncomment for a colored prompt, if the terminal has the capability; turned
# off by default to not distract the user: the focus in a terminal window
# should be on the output of commands, not on the prompt
if [ -n "$force_color_prompt" ]; then
if [ -x /usr/bin/tput ] && tput setaf 1 >&/dev/null; then
# We have color support; assume it's compliant with Ecma-48
# (ISO/IEC-6429). (Lack of such support is extremely rare, and such
# a case would tend to support setf rather than setaf.)
if [ "$color_prompt" = yes ]; then
unset color_prompt force_color_prompt
# If this is an xterm set the title to user@host:dir
case "$TERM" in
# enable color support of ls and also add handy aliases
if [ -x /usr/bin/dircolors ]; then
test -r ~/.dircolors && eval "$(dircolors -b ~/.dircolors)" || eval "$(dircolors -b)"
alias ls='ls --color=auto'
#alias dir='dir --color=auto'
#alias vdir='vdir --color=auto'
alias grep='grep --color=auto'
alias fgrep='fgrep --color=auto'
alias egrep='egrep --color=auto'
# some more ls aliases
alias ll='ls -alF'
alias la='ls -A'
alias l='ls -CF'
# Add an "alert" alias for long running commands. Use like so:
# sleep 10; alert
alias alert='notify-send --urgency=low -i "$([ $? = 0 ] && echo terminal || echo error)" "$(history|tail -n1|sed -e '\''s/^\s*[0-9]\+\s*//;s/[;&|]\s*alert$//'\'')"'
# Alias definitions.
# You may want to put all your additions into a separate file like
# ~/.bash_aliases, instead of adding them here directly.
# See /usr/share/doc/bash-doc/examples in the bash-doc package.
if [ -f ~/.bash_aliases ]; then
# enable programmable completion features (you don't need to enable
# this, if it's already enabled in /etc/bash.bashrc and /etc/profile
# sources /etc/bash.bashrc).
if [ -f /etc/bash_completion ] && ! shopt -oq posix; then
# uncomment the next 2 lines to enable auto-fortune when launching a terminal