BASH alias not working...

Magnus Therning magnus at
Tue Jun 21 06:41:30 UTC 2005

On Mon, Jun 20, 2005 at 09:25:31PM -0400, Matthew S-H wrote:
>On Jun 20, 2005, at 8:06 PM, Byron Saltysiak wrote:
>>Hmm... my first inclination is to break this complex logic into a
>>shell script. I have a /bin directory in my /home directory which I
>>put personal scripts in. Just add that directory to your path.
>>You could put this whole thing into a script called something like
>> and make sure that script is executable.
>>I'd also put all the commands you want to run on separate lines and
>>check the exit value of the important ones with $? instead of putting
>>them all on one line with &&.
>>Making a standalone script and putting the commands on different lines
>>will make it easier to debug. Also, if you have the script on your
>>path I know you can tab complete it, not sure about aliases.
>Thank you very much :).  After implementing this idea of making it  all into 
>scripts, it works wonderfully!

Another option would be to make it a function.

Here are the "rules" I use to determine at what level I implement shell

 alias - one-line stuff, e.g. ll='ls -i'
 function - one-line stuff that takes arguments, sometimes slightly
            longer things, 2-5 lines
 script - things I consider to be programs rather than 'shortcuts'


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