I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 and I have a shell script or a symbolic link (I can't remember which one - and I'm not sure how to tell what it is) called pbar that runs pianobar. So, to be explicit, from a shell, I can type pbar and pianobar (the program) fires up. I am trying to find the location of this file. I have tried doing the following,

which pbar
ls /usr/bin | grep ^pb
ls /usr/local/bin | grep ^pb

and checked the directory where I store my shell scripts and I think all the other locations on my $PATH. Still I can't track down this file or link - is there some other location / method I should be using? Thanks

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    Have you tried alias? – DavidPostill Dec 17 '15 at 20:29
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    Try type pbar or command -v pbar – Eric Renouf Dec 17 '15 at 20:30
  • @DavidPostill omg fantastic, I had no idea of this program, but you are totally right it was aliased, please post as answer if youre inclinded. – Rorschach Dec 17 '15 at 20:30
  • @EricRenouf that also works, sorry guys I am quite ignorant of all the linux commands – Rorschach Dec 17 '15 at 20:31
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    This highlights a lengthy post on U&L about why not to use which: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/85249/… for all you wanted to know and more about it – Eric Renouf Dec 17 '15 at 20:32

Still I can't track down this file or link

One other option to consider is an alias.


Create an alias, aliases allow a string to be substituted for a word when it is used as the first word of a simple command.


Without arguments or with the -p option, alias prints the list of aliases on the standard output in a form that allows them to be reused as input.

Source alias

Further Reading


A valid helper in bash is type [1]

   type pbar

It will answer if it is an alias, a command, a function or a built in command.

  • yea this is another one I came across in that links, thanks also for the man bash, quite a lot there – Rorschach Dec 17 '15 at 21:18

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