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I have give alias names in .bashrc file like below. But the alias names are not working. why?

alias c='clear'
alias l='ls -lt'
alias h='history'
alias d='ls -lt |grep "^d"'

export ORACLE_HOME=/ora11gr2/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db2
export ORACLE_LIB=/ora11gr2/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/db2/lib
export PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/bin:/usr/vac/bin:/usr/vacpp/bin:.    
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Are you saying you get the environement variables but not the aliases, or you get none of it? –  Paul Jun 27 '12 at 4:54
May be a separate issue, but you wipe out your PATH. You should reference your old PATH in any setting, e.g. export PATH=$PATH:$ORACLE_HOME/bin:/usr/vac/bin:/usr/vacpp/bin:. export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:$ORACLE_HOME/lib –  Rich Homolka Jun 27 '12 at 15:38

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Did you source your .bashrc file after you changed it? Try:

. ~/.bashrc

Then your shell should see the changes. Alternatively, you can terminate and restart your shell.

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This may happen because your PATH has not been set correctly to use all alias referenced binaries absoulte path. I.e ls exists under /bin/ls.

Can you give a try using "export PATH=$PATH:$ORACLE_HOME/bin:/usr/vac/bin:/usr/vacpp/bin:." or somthing like "export PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/bin:/usr/vac/bin:/usr/vacpp/bin:/bin:/sbin/:/usr/sbin

if not, then use "which" to find the path directory for individual alias ref binaries (which history).

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Questions to ask yourself are:

  • Is the ~/.bashrc already executed in your shell. It only runs when the shell is started. If you open a new shell (execute bash) it should be. With alias you should see all your aliases printed.
  • Second thing to ask: are the programs in your aliases available. At least h (alias history) should definitely work, because it is builtin.
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