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Custom Linux Command with Alias

September 17, 2012


This will explain how to create a custom command, using the alias command, which can be used in a linux terminal. This is useful if you are constantly executing the same commands such as changing to a certain directory and printing out the contents, running a script and then checking the contents of the directory again. Having a dedicated command can help to shorten such procedures.

NOTE: This command will only last as long as you are signed into the machine. If you restart or disconnect from the machine the command will no longer exist. For a permanent command look at the link in the “Also See” section.

Creating Command

$ alias {name-of-command}='{custom-command}'

Listing Commands

$ alias -p

Example Scenario

Say you want to create a command which will: Print out the current directory and the contents.

For this we will create a command called ‘printdir’

#pwd: A standard linux commancd which prints the working directory (current directory)
#ll: A standard linux command which lists the current files in a directory

$ alias printdir='pwd;ls'

Final usage when you are in the /u01 directory:

[username@c55555555 u01]$ printdir
total 14
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 1024 Jul 10 15:55 accts
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 1024 Jun 10 17:14 app
drwx—— 2 root root 12288 Dec 10 2010 lost+found

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