The alias built-in in shells, used to define shortcuts for frequently used commands.

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Automatically detect when I typed “vi” but meant “cd”?

Title says it all. About 5 times a day, I type "vi" when I meant "cd", and end up opening a directory in vi. It's making me NUTS. It seems like there should be a way to detect when I type in "vi + ...
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l, ls & la — what are the differences, and are there more of these commands?

So, through typing several commands I've found that there's not only ls, but l and la too. There doesn't appear to be any man entries on Ubuntu 12.14. They all appear to do similar things with minor ...
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BASH_ALIASES not equal to alias

I've just recognized that (in Debian 7, within Bash 4.2.37) the output of BASH_ALIASES isn't equal to that of alias – which, according to gnu.org's Bash Manual, should be the case: ...
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copying from a remote server to my hdd with alias or reducing long file paths

I want to copy files from a remote server to my desktop and vice versa. However, the issue is, my files to be copied from the server have quite long file paths with at least 7-8 subfolders which are ...
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Command substitution interpreting spaces within quotes as argument separators

I'd like an alias that additionally appends itself to ~/.bashrc, e.g. function tailias { $(echo "alias $1='${*:2}'" | tee -a ~/.bashrc) } I'm using tee to split the command to ~/.bashrc while ...
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How to make an alias active in both current session and in .bashrc at same time?

I just found frequently I decide to add an alias for longer time use at the same time use it now. So I have to type the same thing twice, first in current bash session then .bashrc.
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how to check if the kernel support for ip alias?

it surprisingly that I get no explicit results when I googled "kernel ip alias support", and I have looked up the linux network administrator, 3rd edition, it says: check that you have a ...
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Can rm recursively remove empty directories?

In an old version of Unix, the rm command would delete directories if they were empty. From the Research Unix Eighth Edition man page for rm: "If an entry is a directory it is removed only if empty." ...
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Why does !! inside an alias not work?

I have this alias set in my system /etc/bashrc file: alias root="sudo !!" The intention of this being to run the last used command using sudo of course. When used, it of course appears to ...
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ssh into a server using .ssh/config alias & run an alias on the server in the same time

On my laptop Inside ~/.ssh/config file I have this: Host <serverAlias> HostName 127.0.0.1 #Server IP User <username> PreferredAuthentications publickey IdentityFile ...
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Use an alias with watch command [duplicate]

The post repeat command every x seconds shows that watch is the utility that is useful for the invoking a command at fixed interval repeatedly. Now, I have very long commands, and have used aliases ...
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code review: automatic completion for bash aliases

I was reading How do I get bash completion for command aliases? and I thought, that the answer Shawn J. Goff needed a little something: less user setup so I wrote a little script that is intended to ...
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Using alias in another script (ksh)

I'm writing a ksh script, and I'd like to use a command define by an alias in my .profile file, in my script. I tried this command in the folder containing my script, and it works. However, in my ...
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.bashrc execute command after “/bin/bash --login”

I have this alias in my .bashrc: alias s='cd ~/Documents/projects/s && /bin/bash --login && rvm use ruby-1.9' How can I execute the right part after it enters login shell (/bin/bash ...
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How to print a partial list of alias definitions in tcsh?

I'm working on Fedora 18 with tcsh on a network with a lot of pre-defined aliases. I'm adding my own personal aliases as well, but I want to be able to display these in a separate list. Right now I ...
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Making an alias which maps arguments to the middle of the command

I want to alias killapp X to pidof X | xargs kill or kill `pidof X`, but I can't think of a way to do this with just an alias on killapp. How could I do this so I don't have to do killapp X` ?
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How to create a function based on commands not defined yet?

I have some scripts (that are out of my control) that loads some environment settings to my session. So whenever I want to load I have to execute a series of commands: export ...
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alias for 'emacs /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects'

I'm trying to get the following working: alias banana='emacs /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/' So i want to just type "banana firewall.cfg" to edit this ...
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zsh alias being overridden somehow

I'm on a system running OS X 10.8.5. I recently tried to alias ls to ls -G -la command. I opened up ~/.zshrc, put in the alias, relaunched the terminal, but the change didn't take effect. Upon ...
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Aliases in scripts are not set globally

I know this sound really wierd but this is exactly what happens. I have my .profile and .bashrc file set up in a way that the .bash_aliases file gets executed (checked it with a echo). I do not get ...
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Why alias does not work in AIX (korn shell, .profile)?

I have these files in my home directory: drwxr-xr-x 3 meuser staff 256 Oct 12 13:11 . drwxr-xr-x 102 bin bin 4096 Sep 30 12:28 .. -rw------- 1 meuser staff ...
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How to create a short path?

We have so many useful folders, which are in different path, for our working in Linux. For example : $ cd ~/Documents/Courses/EDX/physics2013/ $ cd ~/Documents/Company/OpenGL/Proj/... $ cd ...
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How to create alias to kill processes running on a TCP/IP port? [duplicate]

What I have: alias killport='sudo kill -9 `sudo fuser -n tcp $1 2> /dev/null`' Problem: Running e.g. killport 8000 doesn't appear to work, though. However, simply running... sudo kill -9 `sudo ...
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What happens to argument in alias after using it once? [duplicate]

Why does this only print arg out once? $ alias test="echo $1 $1 $1" $ test arg arg This is on GNU bash, version 4.2.25(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu).
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Find where a bash command is defined or sourced from? [duplicate]

Sometimes I want to know what a command I type into bash actually evaluates to. Usually I can figure out the location of the executable very easily with which. $ which vim /usr/bin/vim But what if ...
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Bash aliases/functions and command line options

I want to set an alias to start nedit together with command line option -noautosave (due to text files up to 500MB). What seemed to be easy: alias nn="nedit -noautosave $1 &" just raises some ...
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Extend one alias in second alias

It is possible to do this: alias tm=cd /opt/tomcat alias tmbin=tm/bin $ tmbin $pwd /opt/tomcat/bin ?? I know that I can do: alias tmbin=tm;cd bin
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Can I set defaults for rsync in non daemon mode?

Can I set defaults for rsync in non daemon mode? I know the daemon mode has this configuration file: /etc/rsyncd.conf But I typically use the non daemon version in this sort of manner: rsync -avzcO ...
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How to test if command is alias, function or binary?

I have command foo, how can I know if it's binary, a function or alias?
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How to list existing alias for a certain linux user?

Does anyone know how do I list existing alias for a certain Unix/Linux user on Debian? For example I have an Unix/Linux user 1001 and want to know which alias for login it has?
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Simplified navigation in terminal

I know IDEs are the wave of the future, but I always find myself coding in vim in a Linux terminal. Old dog. New tricks. Anyway, navigation becomes challenging when dealing with long package names. ...
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Preventing accidental directory deletion. Making an alias that contains options?

I use an alias to prevent me from accidentally deleting files, and I would like to do something similar for directories. For files, I have the following added to my .bashrc: alias rm="rm -i" I ...
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How can I `alias sudo !!`?

I'm trying to set an alias for sudo !! in Bash. I tried alias sbb='sudo !!', but it interprets that as a literal !! and prints sudo: !!: command not found If I use double quotes, it substitutes ...
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Can I run a command after the user uses Ctrl-C to kill a command?

So at my position we use a shared set of aliases to do builds. Something like... alias 'build'='cd $BUILD_ROOT; m; cp ...; cp...; deploy; deploy; deploy; cd -' This is super irritating because the ...
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How many different ways can you create an “alias” in Bash?

I only know of two ways: alias foo=bar and function foo() { bar }. The reason I'm asking is that - all of a sudden in one of my bash sessions - I cannot run the ln command because bash is erroring ...
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How to copy or move files without being asked to overwrite?

What I've tried: root@host [/home1]# cp -f hello /home3 cp: omitting directory `hello' root@host [/home1]# cp -rf hello /home3 cp: overwrite `/home3/hello/.buildpath'? y cp: overwrite ...
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What does ll alias to?

ll is a common alias in many linux distros. How can you tell what it aliases to? I've tried checking my .bashrc, but I am not able tell what ll is equivalent to.
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Problem Aliasing a Command With a Pipeline and an Argument

Note: I use tcsh. I am trying make an alias that will use the mutt command to send an email with a pre-written body and subject line but that will take the alias argument and attach it to the email. ...
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How can I use aliases in commands?

I have created aliases in my .bashrc for various frequently used long paths but I can not seem to be able to use them inside vim or with commands such as find or grep. E.g the following: db in cli ...
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I need to turn a series of commands piped together into an alias in .bashrc

sudo ifconfig wlan0 | grep 'inet addr:' | cut -d: -f2 | awk '{ print $1}' The above command when run from terminal outputs the right "internal" ip address. When I try to pass as alias like: alias ...
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in which file is hostname alias persistent, if not /etc/hosts?

In order to have an alias for my server, which can be seen in a "hostname -a" command, I edited the /etc/hosts file to add the alias at the end of the entry containing the hostname. For example, my ...
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How to alias cp with cp -i by default

Is there a good way to alias the command cp file1 file2 to cp -i file1 file2? Apologies if this is a dumb question, I'm a Unix novice.
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where to (apt-get) install aliases system-wide?

I am making a Debian package that contains bash aliases. Where should these aliases be installed, so that they are available system-wide? The "right" place would be /etc/bash.bashrc, but this file ...
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how to change `rm` to as a command like `mv ~/ .trash` [duplicate]

I like to use rm but I often made mistakes so that I remove something mistakenly so I want to make somthing like mv .trash so that rm file is equal to mv file ~/.trash besides, I also ...
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.bashrc alias not working [closed]

I have set up a few aliases in my .bashrc file, like the following: alias ras='rails server' alias res='redis-server' alias rc='rails console' alias be='bundle exec' # git alias's are as follows ...
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How to use ' in alias?

I have one-line that I want to call using alias. while printf '%s ' "$(df -P / | awk 'NR==2 { print $(NF-1) }')"; do sleep 30; done I tried to escape ' like \' but it didn't work. What is the ...
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In bash, how can I erase an alias without logout? [duplicate]

I had an alias in my .bashrc and I really don't want it anymore. I erased the alias, but my bash already has this alias loaded. Can I erase this alias from this bash without logging out?
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Difference between eval and alias commands

what are the differences between eval and alias commands? Examples: x=‘ls -d -l $HOME’ $x eval $x alias y=‘ls -l -d $HOME’ y
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How can I set a bash alias that evaluates $() when run?

I set up an alias: alias gpgagentexport="eval $(cat ~/.gpg-agent-info) ; export GPG_AGENT_INFO" However when I source my .bashrc the $(cat ...) is evaluated at that point. But I want to evaluate ...
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How do I set bash aliases and variables from within vim?

In cmdline mode, the following examples do not work for me. !alias lol='echo lol' !lol='echo lol'