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 have a .cshrc file that loads alias definitions from a .alias file. This is the file with the pre-defined aliases. I thought to create a second file named .myalias, put my personal aliases there, and have .cshrc load that as well. That works fine.

Sadly, using the alias command only lists ALL defined aliases. I want to list only my personal aliases from the .myalias file, but in the same format as the output from the alias command. Is there a way to do this?

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No I do not believe there is any way to distinguish between the aliases coming from the system or from your .myaliases file. I typically use grep or less and pipe the output of the alias command to either to find what I want.

Additionally I'd typically grep through the contents of a file such as .myalias to find what I'm looking for.


Say I have the following aliases.

$ alias
egrep   egrep --color=auto
fgrep   fgrep --color=auto
grep    grep --color=auto
l.  ls -d .* --color=auto
ll  ls -l --color=auto
ls  ls --color=auto
mc  source /usr/libexec/mc/mc-wrapper.csh
vi  vim
which   alias | /usr/bin/which --tty-only --read-alias --show-dot --show-tilde

I'd find the definition of fgrep like so:

$ alias | grep "^fgrep"
fgrep   fgrep --color=auto

You can also use less to give yourself a view of multiple pages of aliases that you can then move back and forth through using the arrow keys or you can search through the output using the forward slash (/) followed by whatever string you're looking for.

$ alias | less
  • 1
    Great, the grep tip specifying a string really helped. I used that and a naming convention so that all my aliases start with "mc". Then $ alias | grep "^mc *" works for me. Thanks!
    – M. Carney
    Nov 5, 2013 at 11:54
  • @M.Carney - glad to hear it helped. Thanks for the Q!
    – slm
    Nov 5, 2013 at 12:49

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