Ubuntu – How to create a permanent Bash alias


I would like to create an alias to rm command in order to have a confirmation message after executing this command. So I am creating an alias like this alias rm='rm -i'. But as far as I know this is a temporary alias and it lives until you close the terminal.

As it is explained here to save alias permanently I need to execute ~/.bash_aliases or ~/.bashrc commands in terminal and add my alias there. But when I execute ~/.bashrc I get following error message :

bash: /home/bakhtiyor/.bashrc: Permission denied

When I run ~/.bash_aliases I get another error message like this:

bash: /home/bakhtiyor/.bash_aliases: File or directory doesn't exist.

What is the actual problem and how can I solve it?

Best Answer

  • To create an alias permanently add the alias to your .bashrc file

    gedit ~/.bashrc

    And then add your alias at the bottom.

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    Now execute . ~/.bashrc in your terminal (there should be a space between the . and ~/.bashrc.

    Now you can check your alias.

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