Define an alias with a correct completion

old='apt-get'; new="su-${old}"; command="sudo ${old}"; alias "${new}=${command}"; $( complete | sed -n "s/${old}$/${new}/p" ); alias ${new}; complete -p ${new}
In Bash, when defining an alias, one usually loses the completion related to the function used in that alias (that completion is usually defined in /etc/bash_completion using the complete builtin). It's easy to reuse the work done for that completion in order to have smart completion for our alias. That's what is done by this command line (that's only an example but it may be very easy to reuse). Note 1 : You can use given command line in a loop "for old in apt-get apt-cache" if you want to define aliases like that for many commands. Note 2 : You can put the output of the command directly in your .bashrc file (after the ". /etc/bash_completion") to always have the alias and its completion
Sample Output
# at the beginning
$ sudo apt-get in<tab> # gives "sudo apt-get install" (smart completion)
# then su-apt-get='sudo apt-get'
$ su-apt-get in<tab> # gives "su-apt-get in" (no completion)
# finally with given command
$ su-apt-get in<tab> # gives "su-apt-get install" (smart completion \o/)


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By: Josay
2009-08-10 00:15:05

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