As I've written before I'm a big fan of bash shortcuts, aka aliases (I also wrote about it a second time). When I got a new [Raspberry Pi](/tags/raspberry-pi) I really missed using them. So I learned how to set them up.
The docs explain pretty clearly how to do this, and how the existing
.bashrc is set up. You can see these hidden files by running
ls -a on the Raspbian command line:
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ pwd
On a fresh Raspbian install, this
.bash_aliases file won’t be there, so you need to create it:
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ touch .bash_aliases
Then open the file:
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ nano .bash_aliases
Then add your commands. In my case, I wanted to start & stop my remote desktop server more easily, and create a shortcut to take a photo:
alias vncstart='vncserver :1 -geometry 1280x720 -depth 24'
ctrl + x to begin exiting Nano,
y to save, and
Return) to save it to the same filename.
Once back on the command line, run
source .bashrc to bring the new aliases into effect.