FAQ: Environment - Aliases II

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I cannot figure out the second step or #2 or this exercise, it keeps telling me did I create both aliases. I tried to do everything correctly yet I can’t seem to get it correct.

I am first getting into nano ~/.bash_profile, it lets me in, but once I do that #2 gets angry and gives me a red X.
I then try to create the alias like so: alias hy=“history” hit enter, then alias ll=“ls-la” hit enter again, then Ctrl-O to save, hit enter, then Cntrl-X to exit. then enter again.

I’m not sure why I can’t get #2 step correct, the first #1 part I did get correct so am I already in nano and don’t have to type nano ~/.bash_profile in step #2?

Anything can help, thanks, Emily

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ll= “ls -la” then Ctrl-O to save, hit enter and then Ctrl-x to exit

make sure you have a space bewteen ls and -la, such that it is “ls -la” NOT “ls-la”

I’m facing the same issue. But Ctrl-x keeps getting stuck to the point it stops working for me and so Ctrl-Z. Eventually, after going back and forth I was able to exit. I reported it as a bug, dunno.

I’m having the same problem as e75schob. I can’t move on because it keeps telling me I didn’t create the two aliases. I have entered source ~/.bash.profile and then typed in hy to get the history, and ll to get the list of files, etc. It is working correctly, but the system will not let me move on bc it thinks I have not set up the two aliases. Help!

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Hi everyone.

I was facing the same issue today: it kept asking me if I created both aliases and would give me a red X.

I managed to break through this exercise doing the following:

  1. reset the exercise via GET UNSTUCK button
  2. do exercise 1 again
  3. in exercise 2 for the second alias use the format: alias la=“ls -la”
  4. use ^+S instead of ^+O for saving the file
  5. ^+X to exit nano editor
  6. when back to the terminal ENTER

I hope these steps might save some of you time for real coding.


Thank you I have been stuck for a long time, I followed the steps and it worked, ONLY one thing
in step 3 is is (alias ll=“ls -la”) NOT “la”,
thank you so much it saved a lot of time :smiley:

Hello There.

Thanks for reading this. Im totally stuck on #2 - I see others have been stuck as well. I put in both aliases

alias hy=“history”
alias ll=“ls -la”

I also tried: alias la=“ls -la”

But it still responds: Did you create both aliases?

Not sure how to proceed …

Were you editing ~/.bash_profile? Within the nano editor it should show some details about the editor and the on the right the absolute path (like below)-

GNU nano 2.9.3      /home/ccuser/.bash_profile

alias hy="history"
alias ll="ls -la"

Make sure that saves, then exit the editor and hit enter as the instructions suggest.

Sorry the late reply. Yes, I did those things and still not getting something right.

  1. I did step 1: ~/.bash_profile
    Green light
    step 2: typed in: alias hy=“history” - Hit Return
    Step 3: typed in: alias ll=“ls -la”
    Typed CTRL O
    Hit Enter
    Typed CTRL X

Can you tell me what I am doing wrong… Im getting pretty bummed about this.

Nope, I’m afraid I cannot spot the issue there, unless in your first line you simply typed out-


You should be openeing that file in the nano text editor which would be-

nano ~/.bash_profile

Then you add in your aliases, save and exit so that you write to that file.

If not… what step is still failing, part 2? Once you’ve saved and exited nano did you hit return in the terminal again as per the instructions?

Thank you so much for saving me time! Reseting the exercise really helped me solve the issue. Therefore, I did not have to do steps 3 to 6. Have a wonderful day!