Shell commands like to OS/2 shell (or MS PowerShell)

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Wed Apr 21 06:00:48 UTC 2010

Slava Zanko wrote:
> For example, all present utilites have sence just for guru's (ls, rm,
> fsck etc), but for novies it's hard to use. Is good idea to symlink'ing
> (shell aliasing) these and much more utilz to another names?

No. It's a quite silly idea.
1. Those tools have been called like that for years, everything and everyone 
uses those names. Those aliases would just cause compatibility issues while 
they're phased in and solve nothing.
2. As already pointed out by others, the aliases are too long to type in.
3. As already pointed out by others, this would still not solve the problem 
of switches and their consistency.
4. As already pointed out by others, you'll have an extremely hard time 
getting everyone to agree on a standard naming.
5. IMHO, that kind of users should not be using the terminal in the first 
place, it's what GUIs are for. The terminal should only be used by those 
users who know how to use it efficiently, and terse, quickly-typed command 
names are part of that. Heck, even experienced users are often better off 
with a GUI.

        Kevin Kofler

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