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alias py='python'

Do I put that in my .bashrc?

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Yes if you want to work for your use only then yes .bashrc is the right file. If you want it to work globally add it in /etc/bash.bashrc

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If you have a lot of aliases it can be a good idea to have a special file for them (like ~/.bash.aliases) and source that in your ~/.bashrc

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Yes. Don't forget to reopen your session. :-)

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  • Or just $ source ~/.bashrc. – EEAA Jul 11 '10 at 0:46
  • Or just $ . ~/.bashrc – Jeremy L Jul 11 '10 at 2:18
  • Yes, sure :) Or just execute the same command in the shell. – Andrejs Cainikovs Jul 12 '10 at 8:24

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