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Re: Alias call in function fails...

Bart Schaefer wrote on Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 16:40:04 -0700:
> On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 3:55 PM Daniel Shahaf <d.s@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > I[...] it's perhaps not self-explanatory that nl(1) is an
> > external command.
> You could use "cat -n" instead.

It's unportable.  I'd prefer a runnable example.

How about:

diff --git a/Doc/Zsh/builtins.yo b/Doc/Zsh/builtins.yo
index ada69c99a..d35cad182 100644
--- a/Doc/Zsh/builtins.yo
+++ b/Doc/Zsh/builtins.yo
@@ -105,7 +105,13 @@ For each var(name) with a corresponding var(value), define an alias
 with that value.  A trailing space in var(value) causes the next word
 to be checked for alias expansion.  If the tt(-g) flag is present,
 define a global alias; global aliases are expanded even if they do not
-occur in command position.
+occur in command position:
+example(% perldoc --help 2>&1 | grep 'built-in functions'
+    -f   Search Perl built-in functions
+% alias -g HG='--help 2>&1 | grep'
+% perldoc HG 'built-in functions'
+    -f   Search Perl built-in functions)
 If the tt(-s) flag is present, define a suffix alias: if the command
 word on a command line is in the form `var(text)tt(.)var(name)', where

The example uses perldoc(1) because that command is an external command,
is not system-dependent, and prints usage information to stderr when
invoked with --help.

There's already an example of «| less» in StartupFiles/zshrc:61.



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