Thursday, October 11, 2012

Create terminal shortcut commands

If you often find yourself having to type long commands in the terminal, this tip could be very useful.

For example, to activate my virtualenv I usually have to run something like
$ source ~/.venvburrito/
I've substituted that for just
$ activenv

To do this, all you have to do is edit your bashrc file
$ sudo nano ~/.bashrc

Scroll to the bottom and add your alias by adding a line like so..
alias activenv="source ~/.venvburrito/"

In this manner you can add multiple aliases. Just make sure to name them wisely and not cause conflicts.
Save and quit (Cntrl+X > Y > Enter) and you're done!

Restart terminal and you should have your new command available to use!


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