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Is it possible to use an alias within a custom shortcut?

For example, suppose I have the alias

alias cal="google-chrome --new-window calendar.google.com"

Can I create a custom shortcut that binds "Ctrl+Alt+C" to "cal"?

I have tried but it doesn't seem to work.

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No, the commands run by keyboard bindings are not parsed via a shell. Your best bet is to create a directory bin in your homedir (mkdir -p ~/bin). Write a script named cal that runs your command, save it in ~/bin and make it executable.

$ mkdir -p ~/bin
$ cat > ~/bin/cal << 'EOF'
exec google-chrome --new-window calendar.google.com
$ chmod +x ~/bin/cal

If you didn't have a bin directory in your homedir already, you need to log out and back in again for it to be added to your PATH. Once that is done, binding a keyboard binding to run "cal" should do what you want.

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