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How can I create an alias named - in Bash? None of the following works:

alias -='cd -'
alias \-='cd -'
alias '-'='cd -'

with error:

bash: alias: -=: invalid option
alias: usage: alias [-p] [name[=value] ... ]
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Use the following:

alias -- -='cd -'

-- is often used (especially with Gnu programs) to stop parsing the following arguments as options. That's also how you can e.g. rm files whose names start with -.

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Wow, that was quick. Thanks a bunch. Seems to work like a charm. – 0xC0000022L Feb 6 '12 at 17:21

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