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I want to create a Unix alias, that allows me for example to type l for ls -l. Nevertheless, I do not want to modify the file /etc/bash.bashrc as that one applies to all users I believe.

How can I set the alias only for my user?

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You can edit the ~/.bashrc file located in your home user directory. This way the alias will apply just to your user.

You can check the comprehensive information about this in What's the difference between .bashrc, .bash_profile, and .environment?.

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I tried to do it, adding the line alias l='ls -l' to that file, but I still get l: command not found. Any ideas? – Alphaaa May 7 '13 at 13:17
You have to source the file after updating. Just do this in your prompt: source ~/.bashrc. New alias will be loaded. – fedorqui May 7 '13 at 13:19
So... did it work, @Alphaaa ? – fedorqui May 7 '13 at 14:05
It just worked, great! – Alphaaa May 7 '13 at 14:15
Good to read that, cheers. – fedorqui May 7 '13 at 14:18

Edit ~/.bashrc to change your user settings in this way.

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