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I run a MacBook Pro with yosemite OSX. I'm trying to create shortcuts to go to certain directories, run script files, etc. This is my first attempt at creating shortcuts/aliases. I'm asking in this forum because when I type

cd ~
ls -la

I get a list of files/folders like .bash_profile and .bash_history (but no .bashrc yet).

Here is the content I put in the file:

alias run-vagrant = "cd ~/vagrant-dev/v104 && vagrant up"

But when i enter run-vagrant on command line I get a message

-bash: run-vagrant: command not found

What is the solution for this?

closed as unclear what you're asking by Kusalananda, msp9011, X Tian, Mr Shunz, roaima Mar 18 at 10:25

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  • Apart from the error is the syntax of the alias command (there should be no spaces around =), it is unclear what file you are adding this command into. Bash is by default started as a login shell on macOS, so .bash_profile will be used. I'm voting to close this as unclear until such time that it is clarified. – Kusalananda Mar 15 at 19:30
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I found an answer to this. Use .bash_profile vs. .bashrc

Additionally, you may need to type in

source ~/.bash_profile

to reload.

Also, here are two helpful links I found:

https://www.moncefbelyamani.com/create-aliases-in-bash-profile-to-assign-shortcuts-for-common-terminal-commands/ and this - https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/891 - but don't follow the advice on .bashrc (I guess - as this didn't work for me) - use .bash_profile instead.

Also, look at the comments on the 2nd link - requiring .bash_aliases in .bash_profile is a more elegant way to roll..

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