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I'm using "ls -l" a lot is there a way say define a shortcut for that so i could call it "ll"? This way I can go and use short instead? Any pointers appreciated. Thanks. Michael

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Many distributions already have ll set as an alias in the way pointed out by user221185. – FSMaxB May 1 '13 at 18:48

You can make an alias of "ls -l" like this: alias ll="ls -l"

To make it permanent, you can add the above alias to the file ~/.bash_profile

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There are at least three ways:

  1. echo 'alias ll="ls -l"' >> ~/.bash_proflie
  2. echo 'function ll { ls -l $@ ;}' >> ~/.bash_profile
  3. echo ls -l > /usr/local/bin/ll ; chmod +x /usr/local/bin/ll

Don't forget to read the profile with source ~/.bash_profile.

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Thanks for the help I appreciate it. – user221182 May 2 '13 at 22:11

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