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

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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 doesn't alias 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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How can I tell what command an alias stands for?

ll is a common alias in many Linux distros. How can I 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'
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Command substitution in alias resolved in bash profile? [duplicate]

I want to make an alias for randomly changing my mac address alias chrandmac="sudo ifconfig en0 ether $(openssl rand -hex 6 | sed 's/\(..\)/\1:/g; s/.$//')" but the command substitution part is ...
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How to create an alias, but so I can enter in different info with the command [duplicate]

Hi I was wondering I have to run some rather long commands all day. I know how to create aliases for the commands, but the problem I am having is each command contains different IP address in the ...
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Why is aliasing over standard commands not recommended?

For example, a common alias I've seen in the ~/.bashrc file (or equivalents) is alias rm='rm -i' However, I've seen people recommend against this because the alias might not exist on another ...
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Git Alias 'Permission Denied'

I'm getting a 'permission denied' error on a git alias. It works with root but not my user account: $ andy@ubuntu:/usr/local/bin$ sudo git config --global alias.lg "log --color --graph ...
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How to make an address list in mutt

I use Mutt as my main client and use the alias command quite frequently. How to group mail addresses, or—even better—aliases into a list I can then use like an alias to send mail to?
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What are commands to find shell keywords, built in functions and user defined functions?

I was discussing with my friend on how the commands are parsed in the shell, and he told me that bash searches the command in following order List of aliases List of shell keywords List of ...
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tcsh alias - find FreeBSD port

I am trying to create an alias for tcsh. I would like to find a program in ports (FreeBSD ports). So far I made an alias, which works, but finds only ports which end in *port_name. I would like it to ...
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How to create an alias that takes an argument in KornShell [duplicate]

I am trying to create an alias which when given some argument will look for the folder with contains the argument as pattern. Let the alias name be gohf. Now, I will be using this alias like gohf ...
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Change command name in Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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 ...
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cp -f cannot overwrite cp -i alias

In my /home/user/.bashrc file, I have those aliases to prevent mistakes: alias rm='rm -i' alias cp='cp -i' alias mv='mv -i' If I'm really sure of what I'm doing, I can overwrite rm and mv aliases ...
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How can I create an alias synonym?

I have an alias pwd How can I create another alias that is a synonym for it? For example I have alias cd1='cd ~/dir1' I want a second alias cd01 that points to the same place but I don't want to ...
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How can I use grep to search for lines that start with a certain character in bash

I want an alias ('ggg') that will look through my existing set of aliases and tell me all the ones that begin with g. I have a lot of g* aliases :) I tried this: alias ggg='alias | grep ^g' but ...
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How to set an alias on a per-directory basis?

Suppose you have an alias go, but want it to do different things in different directories? In one directory it should run cmd1, but in another directory it should run cmd2 By the way, I have an ...
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How to add system alias?

I have this alias in my .zshrc: alias grim='gvim --remote' But this is not seen from ranger file manager, I believe that ranger runs a 'generic' shell skipping my .zshrc. I want to make this alias ...
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How to test for possible conflicts while using alias in bashrc?

Is there a simple way to list all the command conflicts that have occurred in the system due to the bashrc update involving alias commands? For example, someone writes alias ...