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Alias to allow aliases with sudo

alias sudo='sudo '

I am a big fan of using command aliases on my Linux systems. If you are too you may have also been hit by the command not found error when attempting to run sudo <alias>.

As an example I have an alias for ls, which is based on the ll alias common on Red Hat systems

alias ll='ls -lahF --color=auto'

If you try to run as sudo it won’t work

sudo ll
sudo: ll: command not found

We can change that by adding another alias

alias sudo='sudo '

Now we can run our aliases as sudo. This also works for unbuffer, which as I mentioned in a previous post doesn’t recognise aliases.

alias unbuffer='unbuffer '
unbuffer ap playbook.yml | tee results.out

Do you have any fun alias hacks?