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

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how to expand aliases inline in bash?

Is there a way to expand aliases inline in bash? $bash>alias ll='ls -l ' $bash>ll<tab> $bash>ls -l
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Bash: Spaces in alias name

I am trying to create an aliases in bash. What I want to do is map ls -la to ls -la | more In my .bashrc file this is what I attempted: alias 'ls -la'='ls -la | more' However it does not work ...
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Command aliases in Command Prompt?

How can I make command aliases in Windows' Command Prompt like I would with bash? I found out about doskey in a forum thread, so I can do something like: doskey ls=dir /b ...and now the command ls ...
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Vim Ignores Aliases

If I map a command in vim using something like map <f4> :! pdflatex %<cr> Vim will ignore my alias for pdflatex (something like alias pdflatex='pdflatex --temp-dir=something'). Is it ...
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IP address alias assigned by DHCP

I would like to create several aliases to eth0, but have the addresses assigned by DHCP instead of being set to static IP's. Is this even possible? All the examples I've seen assign a static IP using ...
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How to alias a hostname on Mac OSX

In a nutshell, I would like to be able to open a browser and open local.example.com but it actually loads http://localhost/path/to/example.com/ I am using Mac OSX 10.5, and not afraid to get my hands ...
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How can I create an alias for apt-get?

I remember that on one Debian system, I used apt install package to install a package. It asked for a password afterwards and was more convenient than sudo apt-get install. Now I am not sure how I ...
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Console 2 command aliases

I use Console 2 and I would like to create some aliases for commands I use often. Maybe my google-fu just sucks today but I cannot figure out how to do this. Any help would be appreciated thanks.
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Aliases in subshell / child process

I set up aliases in /etc/profile.d/alias.sh for each login shell. But if I run script.sh, I can't use that alias. How can I set alias even for subshells or child processes ? /etc/profile.d/alias.sh ...
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Why are Mac OS X alias files so large?

On Mac OS X, I have two aliases in my Applications folder, each points to another folder. They are 1 MB each. Why so large? I've found other sources on the Internet to say that yes, alias files can ...
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I deleted my aliases file, but my aliases are still in my bash session - how can I recover them?

I had a ton of aliases defined and I use them all the time. I have a terminal session open now in which all the aliases are valid and working. However, the .bash_aliases file in which they were ...
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Silencing bash's unalias when there's nothing to unalias

I have access to a couple of remote accounts, which I mount via sshfs in subdirs of $HOME/SSHFS. In order to remind me that I'm not working with local files, I have set $PROMPT_COMMAND to a function ...
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Is there a convenient method to pull files from a server in an SSH session?

I often SSH into a cluster node for work and after processing want to pull several results back to my local machine for analysis. Typically, to do this I use a local shell to scp from the server, but ...
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How do I create a symbolic link in Mac OSX?

I have a .sh file that I need to create a symbolic link. I would like to be able to access the file using the Terminal. The command I use is: ln -s /path/roo.sh /usr/bin/roo But when I type roo, ...
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.bashrc loading aliases from different file

I have a .bashrc file, which I want to setup so it reads aliases from an .aliases file and sets them up. Currently I have: # User specific aliases and functions while read alias_line do echo ...
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Aliases with numerical names

I just installed Oh My ZSH on my Mac. Everything is working great, except I can't define aliases with numerical names. If I execute alias 5="cd ~/Projects/Projectname/" 5 I get the following error ...
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Under Ubuntu, how can I place a shell alias command that will be global to everyone?

Under Ubuntu 9.10, where can I place an alias command that will be valid to all users, root or otherwise, and that will work with a shell under GNOME as well as an ssh session and plain console login ...
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Git log alias - fatal: ambiguous argument '%ad': unknown revision or path

I'm trying to use Git Immersion's log alias: [alias] hist = log --pretty=format:\"%h %ad | %s%d [%an]\" --graph --date=short but Git responds with fatal: ambiguous argument '%ad': unknown ...
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Creating an alias containing bash history expansion

I often forget to run a command with sudo, so I find myself often typing sudo !! immediately afterwards. I tried aliasing this, but bash chokes on the !! part. Is there some way to represent this ...
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overriding user defined functions with the same name as system commands

This function exists in one of my users' ~/.bashrc: function rm() { ls $* echo "rm?" read ans if [ "$ans" == 'y' ]; then /bin/rm $* fi } In ...
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What does “network” mean in the /etc/network/interfaces file?

In Linux, to define aliases, we have to modify /etc/network/interfaces.. Something like this: auto eth0:1 iface eth0:1 inet static address 192.168.1.60 netmask 255.255.255.0 network x.x.x.x ...
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How to create shortcut command in Mac

I would like to a shortcut command in Mac as I frequently call commands that are a bit long in Terminal. How can I do that?
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Is there a aliases file for sSMTP?

I installed sSMTP for sending emails from command line. I want to create some alias for cron jobs: $ sudo vim /etc/aliases # append this line at the end myname: root $ newaliases ...
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error when using commandline as a bash alias on linux

I want to save the following commandline sequence as a bash alias: grep `date '+%d/%b/%Y'` access.logs | egrep 2765330645ae47d292c9ceac725d744e.py |awk '{print $1, $4, $5, $7, $8, $9, $10}' | sort ...
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How to tell bash not to expand aliases

I know there is a simple syntax for telling bash not to expand aliases. However, Google is not turning it up and I'm too lazy to read through man bash. Also, the answer should be on this website.
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How to alias a hostname?

Is it possible to keep a network alias - without specifying the IP address in the hosts file? For instance, I have abcd.efgh.com but want abcd -> abcd.efgh.com so that ping and ssh work as they ...
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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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Add a static IP alias to a DHCP interface on Windows 8

I have a Windows 8 machine that has only a single Ethernet port. It needs to use DHCP and also needs a static IP. Each IP is in a different subnet, and each serves a different, incompatible purpose. ...
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git alias for merging current branch with master

I'm trying to create a git alias that merges the currently checked out branch into the master branch. Specifically I'd want to quickly get my master branch get up to speed with what I'm working on. ...
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ssh: add “-X” to default options

How do I add "-X" into my ssh default option? i.e., when I type ssh A.B.C.D, it should really do ssh -X A.B.C.D I can alias it, but is there a more "elegant" solution to do that in .ssh/config file? ...
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How to make bash alias invocation conditional on PWD?

I currently have this alias: alias cmakerel='cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -Wno-dev ../../ && make -j4' Essentially, it will call cmake to do an out-of-source build from PWD. It works ...
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Can I “export” an alias to the SHELL that invoked a script?

I'm trying to write a utility script that defines certain aliases. My SHELL is tcsh (can't change that). I tried the following #!/bin/tcsh alias log 'less ~/logs/log.date '+%Y%m%d''' Then I run ...
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Stop sending mail to myself when choosing Reply All in Outlook

My company has set up each mail account with serveral aliases. My default account is firstL@mycompany.com. I also have: first.last@mycompany.com flast@mycompany.com first_last@mycompany.com The ...
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Can I change the “From” name and address without going into Mail.app's preferences?

Can I somehow add an editable "From" field to Mail.app, a bit like Virtual Identity for Thunderbird, just like I could change the "Reply To" address on the fly? In Mail.app, one can set up multiple ...
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How do I force an application to recognise two names for a disk drive?

I have an extensive image database (3.25GB metadata, 90K images) held in a legacy product (idImager V5). This in turn utilises SQL Server 2005 as the underlying DBMS. Over time, I have been adding ...
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Create an alias to a samba share from the command line

I'm currently wanting to deploy a setup to around 300 Macs. I have all of it scripted and ready to deploy, excepting that I'm having trouble creating a working alias to a samba share from 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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why alias names defined in .bashrc file are not working?

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 ...
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How do I close an OS X application from the command line using a alias defined in my .bash_profile?

I found the following shell script that can be used to tell an OS X application to quit: #!/bin/sh echo | osascript <<EOF tell application "$*" quit end tell EOF I have several simple ...
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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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How to undo alias, PATH=$PATH:./Test - (Unix)

1.) In a terminal when we make an alias for any command line,the life of that alias is as long as the terminal is open. alias new_command=old_command example: alias dog=cat But can we explicitly ...
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How to create alias for - minus sign

I want to map the - to cd - I've tried escaping it, w/ and w/o single/double quotes but neither of them seems to work. alias \-='cd -' or alias '-'='cd -' => bash: alias: -=: invalid option ...
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How to pipe output of certain commands to a pager with zsh?

I am frequently working with subversion in console using its client svn. One of common tasks is viewing svn log; however its output is usually pretty massive despite of --limit option. I would like to ...
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Sending email from domain name address

hey, I've just bought a domain name and would like to send emails from blah@mydomain.com. I can use an alias from my hotmail/gmail account, but the recipient sometimes sees it as "my@hotmail.com on ...
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How do I handle multiple quotes in an alias (for bash or zsh)

I am using zsh, and I am trying to use python as a simple calculator. I'm very familiar with python, but can't seem to get the alias (or function) to work properly. So far I've got: pycalc() { ...
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How enter in folder with one command?

I work a lot in two folders: /home/valter/Dropbox/Development/git/valter /home/valter/Dropbox/Development/git/company I would like to create command like: $valter and enter in ...
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Do aliases slow down a shell's start?

Sometimes my shell (zsh) takes longer to start than usual (I open the terminal, and it hangs a bit until I can input commands). I have a few aliases on my .zshrc (well, actually they're in a ...
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Aren't egrep, fgrep supposed to be aliases to grep?

Since egrep is essentially grep -E I would expect it to be an alias that calls grep with that option. However on my system file `which egrep` shows it is an executable. Also egrep as an alias only ...
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How can aliases of a folder be found using cmd?

Is it possible to find the aliases that correspond to a certain folder (and perhaps its sub-directories, too) using Windows cmd? I've tried searching, but it gives me results related to creating ...
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Define custom aliases for outlook contacts

I have a close coworker whom I email almost daily. Let's call her "Leigh Wilson". The global address book at my company has several other people with the first name "Leigh" and/or the last name ...