alias and bashrc
In Sun Solaris Unix, if I want to create an alias I just create a dot alias file and add my alias. The system already knows to look in the dot alias file. In Linux, apparently I have to add a line to my dot bashrc file to point at the alias file e.g. . ./.alias. However, this doesn't seem to work. Alternatively, I can add the alias directly to my dot bashrc file, I think, but I prefer using a dot alias file if I can.
Apparently Mandrake (8.2) already sets up 14 aliases to start with as I can see them when I type alias on the command line.
Clarification of how alias works in Linux would be appreciated.