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temporarily override alias of any command

Terminal - temporarily override alias of any command
\ls
2012-01-05 00:35:49
User: libdave
5
temporarily override alias of any command

say, someone has aliased ls to 'ls --color=always' and you want to temporarily override the alias (it does not override functions)

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Terminal - Alternatives
\[command]
2009-02-11 19:34:21
User: wwest4
84

e.g. if rm is aliased for 'rm -i', you can escape the alias by prepending a backslash:

rm [file] # WILL prompt for confirmation per the alias

\rm [file] # will NOT prompt for confirmation per the default behavior of the command

\foo
2011-09-23 11:00:35
User: egreSS
Tags: alias
19

A simple directive which disables all aliases and functions for the command immediately following it. Shortcut for the bash built-in 'command' - "command linefoo".

Think, {sic}...

inkscape -f file.svg --verb=org.inkscape.color.grayscale --verb=FileSave --verb=FileClose
2009-04-27 18:59:31
User: prayer
Tags: inkscape
5

It requires inkscape 0.46 and lxml packages

\<command>
2011-05-06 15:45:31
User: panlm
-1

if you have a alias like this:

alias cp='cp -i'

# cp file1 file1.bak

equal to

# cp -i file1 file1.bak

(it will not overwrite file1.bak if it exist)

# \cp file1 file1.bak

equal to

# /bin/cp file1 file1.bak

(skip alias settings, it will overwrite file1.bak if it exist)

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Duplicate of 615.

Comment by kaedenn 154 weeks ago

I usually type in the full path to the command to make sure I'm using both the unaliased command and also to make sure I'm not launching something out of /usr/local/bin/

Comment by Mozai 153 weeks ago

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