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Old 07-25-2017, 10:18 PM   #1
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Bourne Shell aliases

I am familiar with the Bash shell, however I have begun learning to program in Raspbian linux which is specifically for the Raspberry Pi micro computer.
I want to put some aliases in what is the .bashrc file in bash shell distros however the only file similar in the Bourne shell is the /etc/profile. There are no entries in this text file with the alias command and when I enter in my home directory the alias command it returns 'no such command'.
So how are aliases entered in a Bourne shell?
Old 07-26-2017, 01:12 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to LQ,

You add aliases by specifying them in either the /etc/profile (for global system config, i.e. for all users) or in your local HOME/.bashrc (for your own environment config only). They are defined as in Bash, e.g.
alias l='/usr/bin/ls --color=auto -F'
alias ll='/usr/bin/ls --color=auto -l -h'
alias df='/usr/bin/df -h --output=source,fstype,itotal,ipcent,iused,iavail,size,pcent,used,avail,target'
But use aliases carefully. Try to avoid conflicts with existing commands or existing aliases. Use the alias command to see all aliases already defined in the environment.
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Not sure if Raspbian works like Ubuntu, but in Ubuntu 17.10 on my desktop, I've placed aliases for all users in /etc/bash.bashrc
cat /mnt/GU1710/etc/bash.bashrc | grep alias
alias ls="ls --color"
alias dir="ls -al"
alias md=mkdir
alias rd=rmdir
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Bourne shell aliases

Thanks for the reply; found the /home/.bashrc file and sure enough it has the alias commands. Put my favorite alias ll='ls -al | more' in and it works. As I remember the .bashrc file in a bash shell distro is in the root directory structure. It's been awhile .
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in general Raspbian is a debian release for Raspberry Pi, and the bash is almost the same as on any other release.
By the way bash means Bourne-Again SHell.The original bourne shell is named sh, not bash. You can read about .bashrc and related files on the man page of bash.
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Check my Blog I have a large list of aliases I use and how I call them.


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