In computing, an alias is an alternate name for an object, such as a variable, file or device.

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Command to search programs in Linux

Do you have any easy idea to define some alias in .bashrc for finding some command that you want to search (when you forgot its name) in your machine, visiting all "bin" directories, maybe using ...
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trouble aliasing cd in bash

I'm adding a couple of aliases to my .bashrc file for some shortcuts I use often, among which are: alias .="cd /;ls" alias ..="cd ../;ls" alias cd="cd $1;ls" alias ls="clear;pwd;ls" The effective ...
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Quick Mac OS X shut-down icon

How would I create an icon on my Mac OS X desktop, to do a "shut down"? (With... or without... the "are you sure" verification.)
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On Solaris, can I alias one command to multiple possible locations?

Let's say I have a script called bob. It might be in two locations: /usr/local/bin/bob or /usr/local/bin/scripts/bob. Is there a way I can alias bob to both locations and it will stop whenever it ...
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How do I set an alias name in the hosts file?

I have a production server, on which three different application are running. I need to configure aliases for that server, according to which application needs to be accessed by the user. How do I ...
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Create an alias - in Bash?

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] ...
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Multiple-command alias enters bash shell but fails to navigate to path

I have this alias defined to run bash then navigate to a certain folder but when I run it, it only runs bash and stays in the current path/directory/folder. I've defined them in two different ways in ...
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How to make an alias from a statement with many : " and many : '

How to make this an alias in zsh? svn status | grep "^?" | awk -F " " '{print $2}' | tr "\n" "\0" | xargs -0 svn add I know it should be something along the lines: alias sall = "the command" ...
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Is there a way to alias a multi-worded command in Unix?

I am trying to alias the command sudo shutdown but in my .profile I can't just do alias "sudo shutdown"="my command". Is there another way to alias multi-worded commands in Unix?
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Linux: aliases when using `screen`

I'm using screen, and I have several aliases in my ~/.bash_profile, for example python=python-2.6. But for some reasons these aliases don't work when I work in screen. How can I make them work?
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Where are aliases set in CentOS?

There is a typo which causes an error message upon logon (someone typed lias instead of alias). I have checked /etc/bashrc as well as ~/.bashrc and /etc/profile as well as ~/.bash_profile for ...
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Bash alias with piping

I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing wrong with this one. I'm trying to run the command alias localip='ip -4 -o addr show eth0 | egrep -o '([[:digit:]]{1,3}\.){3}[[:digit:]]{1,3}' | head -n 1' If I ...
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Is there a way to tell the shell (zsh preferably) about a command?

I defined an alias: alias school="cd ~/School/3BaFys/" to quickly go to the folder 3BaFys which contains all of the directories I need this year. Is there a way to tell zsh that when I do: ...
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Is this alias any useful?

I am going through and old .cshrc file and it contains the following alias: alias pwd 'echo $cwd' How is that useful? I used to think that this is how pwd might have been implemented. But looks ...
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How to remove zsh alias?

I have an alias which is predefined by an oh-my-zsh plugin. -> % alias gcm gcm='git checkout master' I'd like to remove it, i.e. I'd like alias | pcregrep "\bgcm\b" return 1. I've tried with ...
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Working shell command doesn't alias

I can run, svn status |grep -v .jasper$ |cut -d ' ' -f8 |sed '/.*\..*/!d' |xargs ls -altr --color=auto just fine. But when I go to add this as an alias (alias svtr="...") I get an error saying... ...
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How to change default vi alias in Fedora 14?

In my laptop, if I type below $ which vi alias vi='vim' /usr/bin/vim Now I want to change the vi alias to another bin, e.g. vim_wrapper a script created in /usr/bin/, I type this line: alias ...
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How does \cp work?

I know that if you have some alias with the name cp, you can bypass it using \cp. Is this unix syntax? Are there any other uses of this syntax?
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Trying to create bash function which collects and quotes all arguments, but it doesn't work if args contain brackets or single quotes

I saw the following shortcut for "git commit" suggested somewhere: function gc { git commit -m "$*" } This is supposed to allow you to write the commit message inline in the shell, without quotes ...
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In Power SHell set alias cp to cp -v

I have cp for power shell. But I want to use cp in verbose mode without writing -v. So cp should be aliased to "cp -v" command. How to alias cp to "cp -v" in power shell?
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How to expand aliases on any invocation of /bin/bash

Any of you know a way to expand an alias whenever a new shell is invoked (from any place)? For example, my alias is: alias ls='ls -F' Now if I invoke it in grep -l ramesh | xargs ls … here I ...
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In Powershell on Windows7, how do I automatically set aliases (or run scripts) when powershell loads?

I have created a powershell cmdlet and assigned it to an Alias. How do I do this automatically every time powershell launches? (i.e. so I don't have to re-assign the alias every time)
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How to make an alias to a part of a block device

Is it possible to make a part of a block device to be seen as a separate block device (in a similar way block 'devices' are created for partitions)? Unfortunately, I can't mount it through loop device ...
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Bash alias history substitution similar to \!* in csh

My question is very similar to that of this old post. I would like to do something similar: place in an alias the last argument(s) typed on the current command line. This would be equivalent to the ...
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How to make alias shortcuts for terminal work as root or as exec?

Let's say I have an alias like this: alias findip='wget -q -O - checkip.dyndns.org|sed -e 's/.*Current IP Address: //' -e 's/<.*$//'' the output would look like this: matthew@ubuntu:~$ findip ...
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How to set alias permanently using command?

Dear Folks I don't have access to home directory. So I can't access .bashrc or .profile file. So the only option (I guess) is using the command for setting alias. Is there any way to add alias ...
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Overwrite ls in .bash_profile

I'm new to bash and unix. I'm trying to create an alias for ls. In my .bash_profile I have the following: alias ls="ls -lhHG" This doesn't work at all. If I change it to: alias la="ls -lhHG" ...
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How to save user made zsh shell functions and aliases

Shell beginner here! I'd like to create aliases and functions in zsh shell to speed up my workflow. For example: tw() { open -a //Applications/Textwrangler.app "$*"; } The function itself works, ...
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Localhost aliases in Mac OS X mysteriously stopped working

For whatever reason aliases for my Mac OS X localhost seem to have suddenly stopped working. Presumably follow some update caused this, although I”m not sure what. Here’s my hosts file: ## # Host ...
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What's the rule on using the word “git” as an alias?

I used to keep my git aliases in a file outside of my .gitconfig file, in the normal format of: alias gb="git branch --verbose" which worked great. But, after looking around at others' dotfiles, I ...
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Cannot type a letter while in Bash in Cygwin

I am unable to type a certain letter while in bash. I was editing .bashrc, or possibly .profile, which made it impossible to press the letter "a" (it is not showing up on screen, although I am able ...
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alias or function for emacs command?

So I'm on my first day at my new job, and on the server we use, the default emacs is X-windows based. I much prefer using it in the good old terminal, and I'd like to be able to make the command ...
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OS X: is there an application that can check for broken aliases in Finder?

I use a lot of aliases in my file system. Many original documents are placed in global repositories and I access them by aliases grouped in "tag" folders. Therefore, when I need to delete such a ...
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How do I create a PowerShell alias (or function) that contains an option?

I'm learning PowerShell, so I'm doing stuff like this a lot: Get-Command | Out-String -Stream | ss child (ss is an alias for select-string). I'm getting tired of typing Out-string -Stream all the ...
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How can I set up an alias or shortcut to do the *nix find command?

When at the command line, I find that I have to type out this command very often: find . -iname "*php" -exec grep -H query {} \; I'd love to set up an alias, script, or shortcut to make it work ...
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Can I use the first page of a PDF document as its alias icon in OS X?

Is there a painless method for using the first page of a PDF as its alias icon in OS X? The operating system does this for PDF documents on the desktop, and I'd like to replicate the behavior for ...
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How do I make a bash alias that outputs file names in a format I can pipe to vim?

When rebasing with git, I'm interested to open the files that have merge conflicts. I can do this with: vi `git diff --name-status --diff-filter=U | awk '{print $2}'` but if I alias that: alias ...
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How to create an alias in Apache 2 that points to a network share?

I am trying to create an Alias directive with Apache 2.2, to point to a shared folder on other computer. Apache is running on machine M1 at IP 192.168.0.103, the other machine M2, with the shared ...
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On a Mac, how can I group together commands I want run into a alias?

In my .bash_profile I have created alias to commands that I run often. What if I want to group together multiple commands together, and they should run in serial one after the other. How would I do ...
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Ubuntu - Create a link to a specified directory so I can easily change to that directory

Is it possible to create a symlink to a directory, like /var/lib/tomcat6/webapps/MyWar that I can access from everywhere? I want to be able to say cd myapp from anywhere in the directory tree and go ...
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What is the correct way to alias applications in OS X through bash?

In my ~/.bashrc, I have several aliases like: alias emacs='/Applications/Aquamacs.app/Contents/MacOS/Aquamacs' alias octave='/Applications/Octave.app/Contents/Resources/bin/octave' alias ...
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My alias isn't working anymore, not sure what happened

I created an alias so that when I type la it does ls -la. When I fire up terminal on my Mac, I get: -bash: alias: la: not found -bash: alias: =ls -la: not found Why would this be? My ...
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how to put my arguments into a Bash alias command?

i usually have the following simple alias in my bashrc: alias g="grep --color=always --exclude-dir=\*.svn\*" but now i have to work on systems that only have GNU grep 2.5, hence no --exclude-dir ...
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Unix: Overloading Aliases

What happens if I have this in my bashrc: alias ls="ls -l" alias ls="ls -a" when I type ls they will both match. Is the last one kept or both?
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Why does an alias work in the Terminal, but not when called from a script?

I've added the following to my ~/.bash_profile # opens "flashlog.txt" in Console alias trace='open -a /Applications/Utilities/Console.app/ ~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash\ ...
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Echoing aliases to .bashrc

I want to echo an alias straight into my .bashrc file. Here is what I am using: echo alias cdear='cd | clear' >> .bashrc However, the new line in .bashrc does not contain the quote marks. I ...
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How to write alias to use first parameter or * if parameter is blank?

I want to write an alias command for 'ls', so that if I pass in a parameter, then the alias will use it, but if I do not, then it would use '*' instead. This is the alias I have today: alias lsd='ls ...
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Alias for multiple sequential commands?

How do I create an alias c that will cd and then immediately ls? alias c='cd; ls' Is there some kind of way to insert a special variable that represents the input? Or is that not the way that alias ...
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What is the return value of a complex alias in bash?

When I execute a command that has been alias to a series of commands, what value gets returned back to the shell? Also, assuming I have an alias defined like this: alias doit 'cd ~/some/dir; ...
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How to add an application to Mac Applications folder

I'm looking to add software installed elsewhere (eg. home or opt) to the Mac's (10.8) Applications folder. The goal here is to get all the benefits like the application listing in the launcher and ...