Having recently updated to Xubuntu I found that the command "l" no longer showed a colourised 'ls' output, which was rather irritating. The solution is, of course, to re-create the bash alias so that the command 'l' executes what I expect it to. I'm unsure whether or not I managed to remove this functionality myself at some point, or whether it's simply not a default alias in Xubuntu.
In any case, I didn't have a .bashrc file in my home directory, so the first thing I did was to copy the default one to it:
cp /etc/skel/.bashrc ~/It turns out this is enough to get the 'l' command back, as it already exists in that bashrc. Having had a look through this default .bashrc though, I couldn't resist the temptation to add another alias for convenience!
Simply append the following to the end of your ~/.bashrc to have the terminal update and upgrade when you type 'update'
alias update='sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade'