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I am new to Ubuntu. I am trying to create a link to a script so that when I type ideaiu in the terminal, it opens /home/bob/programming/libs/intellij/bin/ and runs idea.sh script from there.

I tried to put export ideaiu="/home/bob/programming/libs/intellij/bin/idea.sh" to .bashrc, but it has not helped.

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Add it as an alias

alias ideaiu="/home/bob/programming/libs/intellij/bin/idea.sh"

export is for environmental variables and is used when you want the variable to be available to all shells.

See http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1158091/bash-defining-a-variable-with-or-without-export

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Would this command have to be run whenever the computer is restarted, or the shell is closed? Is there a way to make the alias persistent? –  dan08 Jun 27 '13 at 19:51
Put the alias in ~/.bashrc . If you want the command to be on your path use PATH=$PATH:/home/bob/programming/libs/intellij/bin/idea.sh. If it is in your path, you will not need an alias. If you want the command to be available to all users put it in /usr/local/bin –  bodhi.zazen Jun 27 '13 at 19:58
@bodhi.zazen, you mean PATH=$PATH:/home/bob/programming/libs/intellij/bin; only directories make sense in PATH. –  geirha Jun 27 '13 at 20:11
yes, can't edit that –  bodhi.zazen Jun 27 '13 at 20:13

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