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#1 2011-03-19 15:50:50

lagagnon
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How to run a .bashrc alias from my .xinitrc file?

I use my .xinitrc file to launch a few apps before my window manager. I also want to launch a small bash alias I have in my .bashrc, but it does not get launched from .xinitrc. I gather this is because a .bashrc only works from a non-login terminal session. Other than adding my .bashrc alias to a system wide script in say /usr/local/bin is there any other way to do it?


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#2 2011-03-19 16:14:22

karol
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Re: How to run a .bashrc alias from my .xinitrc file?

If

alias foo="bar baz"

and putting 'foo' doesn't work, put 'bar baz' in .xinitrc.

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#3 2011-03-19 22:51:58

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Re: How to run a .bashrc alias from my .xinitrc file?

Well you shouldn't use aliases in scripts anyways since its slower and less portable to other systems smile
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#4 2011-03-19 23:29:19

bernarcher
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Re: How to run a .bashrc alias from my .xinitrc file?

Usually you cannot run a script with aliases. See [man bash]:

       Aliases are not expanded  when  the  shell  is  not  interactive,  unless  the
       expand_aliases  shell  option is set using shopt

Aliases are primarily meant for interactive use on the command line.


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#5 2011-03-20 15:48:55

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Re: How to run a .bashrc alias from my .xinitrc file?

Use funcs instead of aliases. You can source a file containing funcs and call them as you like.


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