silent/shh - shorthand to make commands really quiet

silent(){ $@ > /dev/null 2>&1; }; alias shh=silent
Sometimes I just want to run a command quietly but all that keyboard shifting makes my fingers hurt. This little function does the job eg.: if shh type less; then PAGER=less; fi

By: bhepple
2010-01-04 01:01:03

What Others Think

Nice idea, but why bother with the alias? Why not just call the function "ssh"?
flatcap · 611 weeks and 4 days ago
For clarity? 'silent' is a bit more explicit than 'shh'.
bhepple · 611 weeks and 4 days ago
Being dyslexic, it took a few minutes to figure out that you weren't doing something odd with ssh!
mobilediesel · 611 weeks and 3 days ago
Wouldn't it be safer to put the $@ in double quotes to have each of the parameters (including the command itself) properly quoted, even if they contain blanks?!
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What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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