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Old 10-23-2001
Passing arguments to an alias

I want to have an alias for the command

fold -78 filename | lp

How do I set my alias so that the argument passed is filename ??

alias lp='fold -78 | lp'

then

lp filename

wont work cuase this is

fold -78 | lp filename
# 2  
Old 10-23-2001
It depends on your shell. For example, in bash it is not possible to do what you ask, the man page suggests using a function instead. In tcsh you would use:

alias lp 'fold -78 \!* | lp'


Syntax for other shells may vary. Check the man page for details.
 

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