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Re: Shell aliases as shell-commands

From: Thierry Volpiatto
Subject: Re: Shell aliases as shell-commands
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 18:09:46 +0100
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Sebastian Tennant <address@hidden> writes:

> Quoth Peter Dyballa <address@hidden>:
>> So make the shell used an interactive login shell! The variable
>> shell-command-switch seems to be a good option to achieve this, just
>> look into simple.el.
> The key word in that sentence is _interactive_.  I was labouring under
> the mistaken assumption that requesting a login shell was the way to
> source my ~/.bashrc (via my ~/.profile), but it turns out the '-i'
> switch is what's required.
>  ---------------- ~/.bashrc ----------------
>  alias ll="ls -al"
>  ---------------- ~/.bashrc ----------------
>  $ bash -l -c ll
>  bash: ll: command not found
>  $ bash -i -c ll
>  [...] # success!
> shell-command as it stands will not suffice because shell-command-switch
> can only hold a single switch (and here I need two; -i and -c) but I
> never expected to be able to use shell-command directly anyway.
> Here's my function at last (which I've chosen to call
> interactive-shell-command because you're not restricted to using
> aliases:
>  (defun interactive-shell-command (command)
>    (interactive "sCommand: ")
>    (set-buffer (get-buffer-create "*Shell Command Output*"))
>    (erase-buffer)
>    (let ((exit-code (call-process "/bin/bash" nil t t "-i" "-c" command)))
>      (if (> (buffer-size) 0)
>          (display-buffer (current-buffer))
>        (when (eq exit-code 0)
>          (kill-buffer nil)
>          (message "(Shell command succeeded with no output)")))))
Have a look also at M-x eshell-command, you will have alias and
completion on filenames.

A + Thierry Volpiatto
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