Shorthand to install package in Ubuntu

alias install='sudo apt-get install'
I put this line in my ~/.bashrc file (which I source via ~/.bash_profile). Now, when I need to install a package, I typed *install* instead of the longer version.

By: haivu
2011-10-27 19:53:01

What Others Think

saves 13 keystrokes! heh heh gotta love it.
linuxrawkstar · 521 weeks ago
kev · 521 weeks ago
Not a good idea. it may (actually, very likely *will*) clash with the coreutils `install` command. A better alias (imho): alias ainstall="sudo aptitude install"
unixmonkey26727 · 521 weeks ago
I did this a long while ago, and lamented that I couldn't use "install" safely as an alias. I opted for "getapp" instead. A rule of thumb is to type "apropos 'alias'" before using an alias, to see where or how it might be used in your system.
rockhazard · 521 weeks ago
I've seen people alias this to "a-i", and use similar aliases for "a-u" (apt-get update) or "a-r" (apt-get remove)
Rhonda · 521 weeks ago
I agree to those who comment, perhaps, 'install' is not a good alias, getapp or something else is a better candidate.
haivu · 520 weeks and 6 days ago
Like others said: bad idea. running 'make' will be a problem.
treebeard · 520 weeks and 6 days ago
I think it's a bad idea in general to include sudo in an alias.
tamouse · 520 weeks and 4 days ago
Considered harmful.. overrides the "install" command (if you do any builds from source, this will bite you) and includes sudo to boot. If you really don't care, try: alias sag='sudo apt-get install'
Karunamon · 520 weeks ago

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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