Using aliases for Bazaar commands

Command aliases are an easy way to customize the behaviour of Bazaar. Aliases are an easy way to create shortcuts for commonly-typed commands, or to set defaults for commands.

Command aliases can be defined in the [ALIASES] section of your .bazaar/bazaar.conf file. Aliases start with the alias name, then an equal sign, then a command fragment. Here's an example ALIASES section:


A typical example:

recentlog=log -r-3..-1
ll=log --line -r-10..-1
commit=commit --strict
diff=diff --diff-options -p

Explanation of examples

  • The first alias makes a new 'recentlog' command that shows the logs for the last three revisions
  • The ll alias shows the last 10 log entries in line format.
  • the commit alias sets the default for commit to refuse to commit if new files in the tree are not recognized.
  • the diff alias adds the coveted -p option to diff

Rules for Aliases

  • You can override parts of the options given in an alias by overriding it. For example, if you run lastlog -r-5.., you will only get five line-based log entries instead of 10.
  • Aliases can override the standard behaviour of existing commands by giving an alias name that is thesame as the orignal command. For example, default commit is changed with commit=commit --strict.
  • Aliases can not refer to other aliases. In other words making a lastlog alias and referring to it with a ll alias will not work.

This includes aliases that override standard commands

  • Giving the --no-aliases to the bzr command will tell it to ignore aliases for that run. For example, running bzr --no-aliases commit will perform a standard commit instead not do a commit --strict.