Can anyone guide me to create custom commands in Unix/Linux.
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Create a bash script in your /usr/bin folder, it should look something like this
#!/bin/bash Whatever combination of commands you want to run when you type this thing.
Its really that easy.
Just name the bash script what you want to type in to the terminal, and make it excecutable:
chmod +x filename and you're good to go!
- Create a directory say "bin" under your home directory.
Update your path variable to include this bin directory. Put this in
.bash_proflefile to make it permanent.
Create a script say, "hello" and keep it in your bin directory. Give execute permission to the hello script by
$ chmod +x hello.
#!/bin/bash echo My first program
$ . ~/.bash_profile
From any directory, you simply type:
$ hello My first program
Easy, create an alias.
Say you want to write a command to cd into your download directory. And you want to call it cdd.
alias cdd='cd ~/Downloads'
You can create any command you want.
Here is further information:
Most, if not all by now, Linux distributions have a little script in ~/.bashrc that looks almost identical to this:
if [ -e ~/.bash_aliases ] then . ~/.bash_aliases fi
This merely means you can create your own commands (also known as '
aliases' usually referred to an existing command with some arguments you always have to use, or a list of commands that have to be executed in order).
Your Linux distribution will most likely not have the .bash_aliases file created in your home, unless you've manually done that already. So to create the file, type in the following command:
Now that file will be executed automatically every time you fire off a new Terminal.
What you can do now is create a list of aliases and add them to that file for later uses. For example, the
rm (remove) command by default does NOT ask you to confirm your request when you tell it to delete a file/directory. However, there is an argument that tells
rm to ask you to confirm your request,
rm -i filePath will display a message asking you if you were sure you want to delete the specified file. Now, if you were to accidentally delete a file, you will very likely forget to include the
-i option, and that's where an
alias becomes very beneficial. Typing the following command
echo "alias rm='\rm -i'" >> ~/.bash_aliases
Bash that every time you request to delete a file, a confirming message will be displayed to you. Of course, there is a lot more you can do—this is just the basics.
If you want to learn how to use some basic commands (i.e.
popd, etc.) and/or more sophisticated ones, I'd recommend a very good book you can have on your bookshelf as a reference called
a practical guide to linux commands editors and shell programming, by Mark G. Sobell. ISBN: 978-0133085044