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# Managing bash aliases

Bash aliases are great. Whether you use them to quickly connect to servers or just soup up the standard bash commands, they are a useful tool for eliminating repetitive tasks. I’m always adding new ones to optimize my workflow which, of course, lead to me create aliases to optimize that workflow. While there are more complete CLI alternatives for alias management like aka, I prefer two simple commands for managing my aliases, which I keep in ~/.bash_aliases.

alias eal="subl ~/.bash_aliases"
alias sal='. ~/.bash_aliases; echo "Sourced ~/.bash_aliases";'

The aliases are eal for “Edit ALiases” and sal for “Source ALiases”. The command subl is the OSX CLI for Sublime Text. For reference, . is the same as source. Enjoy.