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I created an alias so that when I type la it does ls -la.

When I fire up terminal on my Mac, I get:

-bash: alias: la: not found
-bash: alias: =ls -la: not found

Why would this be?

My .bash_profile looks like:

alias la ='ls -la'
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

I think it needs to be:

alias la='ls -la'

(note there are no spaces around the equal sign.)

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That's right, no spaces around the equal sign. – Dennis Williamson Jul 2 '10 at 9:56
    
I had spaces, not sure how they got there? strange! – user27449 Jul 2 '10 at 14:13

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