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Shorthand to install package in Ubuntu

Terminal - Shorthand to install package in Ubuntu
alias install='sudo apt-get install'
2011-10-27 19:53:01
User: haivu
Functions: alias
Shorthand to install package in Ubuntu

I put this line in my ~/.bashrc file (which I source via ~/.bash_profile). Now, when I need to install a package, I typed *install* instead of the longer version.


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saves 13 keystrokes! heh heh gotta love it.

Comment by linuxrawkstar 178 weeks and 1 day ago


Comment by kev 178 weeks and 1 day ago

Not a good idea. it may (actually, very likely *will*) clash with the coreutils `install` command.

A better alias (imho):

alias ainstall="sudo aptitude install"
Comment by unixmonkey26727 178 weeks and 1 day ago

I did this a long while ago, and lamented that I couldn't use "install" safely as an alias. I opted for "getapp" instead. A rule of thumb is to type "apropos 'alias'" before using an alias, to see where or how it might be used in your system.

Comment by rockhazard 178 weeks and 1 day ago

I've seen people alias this to "a-i", and use similar aliases for "a-u" (apt-get update) or "a-r" (apt-get remove)

Comment by Rhonda 178 weeks and 1 day ago

I agree to those who comment, perhaps, 'install' is not a good alias, getapp or something else is a better candidate.

Comment by haivu 178 weeks ago

Like others said: bad idea. running 'make' will be a problem.

Comment by treebeard 178 weeks ago

I think it's a bad idea in general to include sudo in an alias.

Comment by tamouse 177 weeks and 5 days ago

Considered harmful.. overrides the "install" command (if you do any builds from source, this will bite you) and includes sudo to boot.

If you really don't care, try:

alias sag='sudo apt-get install'
Comment by Karunamon 177 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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