Can you help me find this shell script?
May 5, 2014 9:27 PM   Subscribe

Several years ago, I created a shell script (or Bash or I don't know what) that establishes a secure shell proxy connection to my home router when I type a short command into Mac OS X's Terminal. Now, I need to edit that script, but I can't find it for the life of me. I've tried searching on likely names looking at both visible and invisible files. I've tried searching for content that I know must be part of the script, but nothing comes up. Rather that executing a command, is there a way to open it in a text editor or display the actual script if I don't know the location of the file on my computer? Is there any other way I could go about finding this? Is there a location that whatever guide I was following would have suggested I save this script? I tried looking in usr/bin but nothing in there seems likely.
posted by willnot to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: If it is short, it could be an alias - 'alias' from the command line should list it
posted by azlondon at 9:35 PM on May 5, 2014

Shell scripts are text files. If you're using OS X, text file contents are usually indexed, which means you can click on the Spotlight menu item and search on a keyword that would be inside the file. A hostname might be a good, relatively unique part of any text file on your computer, and therefore might make a good search keyword.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:37 PM on May 5, 2014

Response by poster: It was an alias. Thank you.
posted by willnot at 9:37 PM on May 5, 2014

Best answer: Just for future reference, to find a location of a script (or any executable), you can use the "which" command. Eg: "which ls" tells me that it's found in "/bin/ls", and "which ack" yields "/Users/vasi/bin/ack". You can see the different places it's looking for scripts by typing "echo $PATH", they're listed separated by colons.

If you're using the bash shell, which is the default on OS X, there's an even more useful command, "type -a". If you have multiple scripts with the same name (in different paths), it will show all of them. It will also find aliases.
posted by vasi at 10:02 PM on May 5, 2014

If you're looking for where the alias is defined, it's probably in one of the following text files:
posted by ryanrs at 1:34 AM on May 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

If it's OS X, just open Spotlight (Command-space bar) and start typing some fragments of the commands.
posted by wenestvedt at 6:33 AM on May 6, 2014

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