Aliases are commands that expand to a longer input line. For example,
ll is a common alias for
ls -l, and would be defined
with the command invocation alias ll 'ls -l $*'; with this defined,
running ‘ll foo’ in Eshell will actually run ‘ls -l foo’.
Aliases defined (or deleted) by the
alias command are
automatically written to the file named by
which you can also edit directly (although you will have to manually
Note that unlike aliases in Bash, arguments must be handled explicitly. Typically the alias definition would end in ‘$*’ to pass all arguments along. More selective use of arguments via ‘$1’, ‘$2’, etc., is also possible. For example, alias mcd 'mkdir $1 && cd $1' would cause mcd foo to create and switch to a directory called ‘foo’.