That is what I believe I did, finally. At least with my user account. I created a .bash_profile under the ~/ directory and added the following lines to it:
# Get the aliases and functions
if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then
However, now when I boot up and try to log on under my normal account, I get the following error message:
Cannot execute bash: No such file or directory.
This forces me to login with the root account.
I'm not sure how this happened. It may have been when I edited the permissions for my user .bash_profile or .bashrc, but I can't be sure.
131455 -rw-r--r-- 1 aaron users 73 2010-05-15 13:14 /home/aaron/.bash_profile
131451 -rw-r--r-- 1 aaron users 2.0K 2010-05-14 23:49 /home/aaron/.bashrc
279722 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.0K 2010-05-14 23:48 /root/.bashrc
(I do not have a .bash_profile under root)
Do you have any ideas what may have gone wrong here and/or how to fix it?