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comcastuser 01-23-2013 10:13 PM

Put your Linux shell alias in cloudspace? Ummmm... wut?
 
Apparently there is a website dedicated to putting your oft-used shell command aliases online to store in the cloudverse.

alias.sh puts your Linux shell alias on the clouds

A list of aliases posted by other users for the public to look at

Example of a publicly posted alias:

Code:

alias c='clear'

Is this some new popular thing? One thing hits me right off the bat: these aliases being put on display aren't all that advanced. I was doing a few of these aliases years ago as a "unix baby" in 1989 when real system administrators were still changing my e-Diapers.

And... can someone explain how this whole project is useful for anything besides sheer narcissism?

I'm sorry for sounding like an uneducated snob. I just don't get this. If I'm not wrong then I fear a trend of narcissism and utter pointlessness is creeping into the unix community.

sycamorex 01-24-2013 02:57 PM

Yes, I stumbled upon that site a few weeks ago. At first I thought what a misguided idea to put my aliases in the cloud.... but then I thought what a misguided idea to put my aliases in the cloud again. After that when I started browsing other people's aliases it occurred to me what a misguided idea to put my aliases in the cloud but I really like the fact that other people put their aliases in the cloud. I don't think I have any original / unique / "inspirational" aliases.

Admittedly, there are loads of basic aliases out there on the website but I've found a few that I really liked. It's not about narcissism. If a great number of users (mostly advanced users) submit their aliases contributing some interesting content, the site will be really useful both for newbies and more advanced admins looking for inspiration / fresh ideas on how to make their life easier.

comcastuser 01-26-2013 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by sycamorex (Post 4876924)
Yes, I stumbled upon that site a few weeks ago. At first I thought what a misguided idea to put my aliases in the cloud.... but then I thought what a misguided idea to put my aliases in the cloud again. After that when I started browsing other people's aliases it occurred to me what a misguided idea to put my aliases in the cloud

LOLOL!!

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but I really like the fact that other people put their aliases in the cloud. I don't think I have any original / unique / "inspirational" aliases.

Admittedly, there are loads of basic aliases out there on the website but I've found a few that I really liked. It's not about narcissism. If a great number of users (mostly advanced users) submit their aliases contributing some interesting content, the site will be really useful both for newbies and more advanced admins looking for inspiration / fresh ideas on how to make their life easier.
Yes, if there are some really awesome aliases that get put in, they could be of help to others.

I think a better idea would be a simple discussion site to submit shell scripts in general. Come to think of it, LinuxQuestions could practically cover all of the above...

This gets me to wondering if the educational infrastructure for learning aliases and Linux/unix shell programming in general, is as shabby as when I first got into it. /offtopic

sycamorex 01-27-2013 03:34 AM

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Originally Posted by comcastuser (Post 4878298)
LOLOL!!


Yes, if there are some really awesome aliases that get put in, they could be of help to others.

I think a better idea would be a simple discussion site to submit shell scripts in general. Come to think of it, LinuxQuestions could practically cover all of the above...

Yes, it could be a thread on LQ or LQ wiki.


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Originally Posted by comcastuser (Post 4878298)
This gets me to wondering if the educational infrastructure for learning aliases and Linux/unix shell programming in general, is as shabby as when I first got into it. /offtopic

I think there are some good resources out there. As far as aliases are concerned, they are no rocket science. The basic idea can be understood in a minute. It takes good knowledge of the shell in general to make any good use of aliases, though.

IMHO, as with any area of knowledge/skills, if someone really wants to achieve something, the quality of documentation/manuals does not matter much. Obviously, having well written tutorials/manuals/wikis helps but are not a guarantee of success when there is no willingness to put some effort.


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