I have some Bash aliases which I use to perform standard day-to-day tasks in my macOS terminal using the Bash shell. Sometimes I find myself wanting to run a one-off command very similar to an alias I already have configured. My current approach is to type
alias my-alias-name, copy the portion of the result within the command section of the quotes, paste it back into the Terminal input, and then edit it.
This approach is distracting and a little time consuming since it my command auto-complete doesn't work after I've started typing the word
alias (so I either have to autocomplete my alias first and then go back to the start of the line and type
alias). Also it means I have to use my mouse and replace my clipboard, plus very specifically copy the correct portion of the output. to copy the command text.
Is there a way to automatically insert the alias command into the Terminal input without having to resort to copy/pasting a selection of a command output?
$ alias example-alias="ls -l"
$ alias example-alias alias example-alias='ls -l'
Highlight the text between the single quotes with mouse, ⌘+C, ⌘+V
For instance, is there a way to write an alias/script
expand-alias such that the following will insert the alias command into the command input to be modified?