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Aliasing for quickness
Sunday 01, July 2018   |   Post link

Working in Linux requires one to work with the terminal a lot. IMHO creating shorthand for frequently used commands really helps a lot. For instance I've always wanted the mkdir command to create and CD into the new directory as one operation. In this post I am going to do just that.

The bash script is simple:

#/bin/sh
if [ "$1" != "" ] 
then
    if [ -d $1 ] 
    then
        cd $1
    else
        mkdir $1
        cd $1
    fi
else
    cd $1
fi

Store this file in a file /usr/bin/md.sh. Storing the file here makes it available to all users.

The next this is to create an alias like this:

alias md='. md.sh'

The reason we need add the . before md is because we want to execute the script in the current shell, if we don't do this any commands like cd will have no effect on the current shell.

That's all well and good but we also want this ability everytime we login. For this we need to edit the .bashrc file.

cd ~
vi .bashrc
# paste alias md='. md.sh' at the end of the file. Remeber to remove the #

Here is a screenshot of the .bashrc file:

bashrc

Now logoff and logon and see if shiny new md command works. Happy Linuxing!




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