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8 More Bash Tips for Working Faster With the Shell (Part 2 of 2)

Dec 28, 2010, 11:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Craciun Dan)

[ Thanks to Chris7mas for this link. ]

"This is the second article in this series, and brings eight additional tips for working faster with the shell. Here is the first article of the series, containing 10 tips. Create aliases for quick access to commands or one-liners

"Aliases are handy custom commands which can be used to make shortcuts to various commands, scripts or one-liners. Aliases can be added in the ~/.bashrc file like this:

"alias name='command'

"Alternately, you can specify an external file and load it in .bashrc, like for example the default one, called .bash_aliases. Edit .bashrc and uncomment or add (if it doesn't already exist) the following code:

if [ -f ~/.bash_aliases ]; then
    . ~/.bash_aliases
fi

"This code checks to see if the file ~/.bash_aliases exists, and if it does, it reads the contents from it. Here are examples of aliases and what they do:"

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