Alias to edit and source your .bashrc file

alias vb='vim ~/.bashrc; source ~/.bashrc'
Place the line above in your ~/.bahsrc file. Now every time you issue the 'vb' command, you invoke the vim editor to edit it, then source it so the changes take effect immediately. Notes: * This mechanism is not working well if your .bashrc contains commands that should not be sourced more than once. * This trick also work for your csh or tclsh users: place the following line in your ~/.cshrc file: alias vc 'vim ~/.cshrc; source ~/.cshrc Thank you adzap for pointing out the missing quote

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By: haivu
2009-03-02 21:01:49

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What Others Think

Missing a closing quote.
adzap · 485 weeks and 4 days ago
Fixed the missing closing quote. Thank you adzap.
haivu · 485 weeks and 2 days ago
This should probably edit .bash_aliases as my .bashrc file checks for that file for the aliases.
Xoke · 485 weeks and 2 days ago
-1 points?? This is a great alias! I have almost the exact same thing: alias brc='vim ~/.bashrc; . ~/.bashrc'
recursiverse · 465 weeks and 1 day ago

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