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creating abbreviations for commonly used paths

I'm new to the Linux platform. Is there any way to rename the commands available in Linux.

For example, I use the clear command a lot and instead of typing it every time I want to rename it as just c. Is this possible ?

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marked as duplicate by jasonwryan, manatwork, Renan, Shadur, uther Jan 18 '13 at 14:07

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Note that it's usually better to learn the proper command names (and relevant parameters) first. Otherwise, you will be thoroughly confused when using systems that do not have your customizations. That is a trap a lot of people who get used to having an alias rm to rm -i fall into, and it can be more or less dangerous depending on the exact commands involved. –  Michael Kjörling Jan 18 '13 at 9:31
    
@MichaelKjörling Thanks for your input –  vins Jan 18 '13 at 10:33

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You can create an alias, as you have figured that out, or just use the key combination Ctrl+L to clear the screen contents.

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Got it.

alias c="clear"

Now pressing c instead of typing clear clears the screen.

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Ctrl-l works as well... –  jasonwryan Jan 18 '13 at 7:22
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Don't forget to add this line to your .bash_profile (or .bashrc if the former is quite empty, depends on your distribution) to still have the setting after your next login –  Tobias Kienzler Jan 18 '13 at 7:36

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