In bash you can expand an alias you type. For example if I have an alias cmd="cd ~/user", typing in cmd and then hitting Ctrl+Alt+e would change it to cd ~/user. Is there a way to do this with fish?

  • Have you looked at this bug and subsequent fix: github.com/fish-shell/fish-shell/issues/393 ? It sounds like what you are looking for, but I'm not familiar enough with fish to be sure; it sounds as though cmd + enter will substitute the alias with the definition. – Argonauts Jun 22 '16 at 4:05
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In fish the alias command just creates a trivial function. For example,

alias cmd 'cd ~/user'

Is simply shorthand for

function cmd
  cd ~/user
end

Because it's a function in fish you can't expand the body in the command line as you type the alias. For your situation I recommend an abbreviation; e.g., abbr cmd 'cd ~/user'.

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