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I want to create an alias:

alias readFile='ls file1.todaysdate' where todaysdate is in format 130714.

How would i do this?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

you can use the date command to give you the date in that format:

date +%y%m%d

this gives you the YYMMDD format. In the alias file you can drop that date format into your command with the `` back-ticks like so:

alias readFile='ls file1.`date +%y%m%d`'

everything between the back-ticks is executed and the output is placed instead of the back-ticks. so

echo "hello `whoami`"

would say "hello " followed by your username.

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Another form of the command substitution (backtics) is $(command). The latter variant is better suitable for nesting. – mpy Jul 16 '13 at 18:53
perfect! thanks – 4reel77 Jul 16 '13 at 18:58
i tried $(command) and that works as well – 4reel77 Jul 16 '13 at 19:24

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