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There was no .bashrc or .bash_profile in my home folder. I created a new file and put inside my aliases. They don't work, terminal ignores everything. Why?

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There must be some configuration issues, as there is a .bashrc and a .profile file in a default user home directory.

You can check the default settings files in /etc/skel.

Or you might want to create a new test user to play around with settings, hack together a .bashrc and a .profile files and copy them to your user home once it works as you want it to work.

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