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Old 10-16-2009
Alias Usuage

Hi All

I am new to the Unix World.I have question about alias.I learnt that alias allows to have a small more familiar command or name to execute a long string.I understand that I use C shell command and emacs editor

I tried editing the .cshrc.common file in order to set my environment variables .Since I often have to open the file .cshrc.common in emacs editor.I tried setting a alias name

alias environ '.cshrc.common'

When I gave the command emacs environ, a new file called environ is opened in the emacs editor.How do i make unix understand that

"emacs environ" command is similar to "emacs .cshrc.common"

Is this a right approach?any help plz
# 2  
Old 10-16-2009
If you are new to the Unix world, you have absolutely no good reason to use csh. Switch to a compliant one like ksh or bash.

About emacs, be aware that vi (and its clones) are much more mainstream with Unix.
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Old 10-16-2009
As i've always understood alias is used to shorten commands and their arguments (which may include files), but not for the purpose of renaming files. You can rename the file but i would not advise of this because it will likely be bypassed by whatever binary looks for it upon init.
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Old 10-16-2009
you could alias any command you like, by just doing something like this:
# alias qqq="ls -la"

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Old 10-19-2009
Thanks a lot !
# 6  
Old 10-19-2009
Not sure about who you are thanking but the alias command suggested by masloff doesn't work as is with csh.
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