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the alias command will allow you to alter another command like this:
Let's say you want to change the ls command to display differently than the default, for example after installing slackware 10 the default ls command doesn't display in color. Try this:
[ alias ls="ls --color" ]
this will allow the ls command to display in color.This is done in a terminal window when you are running X but can be used at any command line.Its temporary -- when you close the terminal window and open it again you will have to repeat the procedure.There are a lot more options to this command.

Here is the manual page for alias

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