Trick find -exec option to execute alias

find . -exec `alias foo | cut -d"'" -f2` {} \;
An alias cannot be executed as command in a find -exec line. This form will trick the command line and let you do the job.

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By: ztank1013
2011-10-05 08:41:31

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What Others Think

what if you use an alias inside an other alias? ;) nice trick anyway
BrokenDroid · 350 weeks and 1 day ago
mmm... that's interesting... can you give me an example?
ztank1013 · 350 weeks and 1 day ago
@ztank1013: alias l='ls -GF' alias ll='l -lah' `alias foo | cut -d"'" -f2 ll` = l -lah
BrokenDroid · 350 weeks and 1 day ago
I am afraid it doesn't support "recursive aliases"...
ztank1013 · 350 weeks and 1 day ago

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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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