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Old 03-22-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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tricky syntax for passing arguments in csh aliases

I want to write a little time-saving alias for my .cshrc file that will move files and then cd to the directory I've moved them to. What I can't quite figure out is the syntax to say 'move all the arguments except the last one.' Here is what I have:

alias follow 'mv \!:1-$-1 \!:$; cd \!:$'

This actually seems to work, but it also gives me an irritating error:

mv: cannot stat `destinationdirectory/-1': No such file or directory

Similarly, I tried:

alias follow 'mv \!:*$#argv-1 \!:$; cd \!:$'

Again the move and cd are successful, but again there is an error:

mv: cannot stat `destinationdirectory/0-1': No such file or directory

I can guess that the problem is in getting the alias command to parse my expression the way I would like it to, but I can't figure out quite what will make it happy. Please let me know if you have any ideas.


Old 03-23-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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answered my own question

Okay, I came across the answer I was looking for on The syntax for "from argument x to the last argument, but one" is apparently just x-. So the alias I want is:

alias follow 'mv \!:1- \!:$; cd \!:$'


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