When I start a new screen, the aliases that I have set in my
~/.profile do not seem to be sourced.
Does anyone know where I can change this or which file is actually read when starting a new screen?
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For an alias to work in ~/.profile the session needs to be a login shell. Bash, which is probably what you're using, is typically read from ~/.bash_profile.
There's a good explanation of the differences mentioned here: