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File Formats                                         pathalias(4)



NAME
     pathalias - alias file for FACE

SYNOPSIS
     /usr/vmsys/pathalias

DESCRIPTION
     The pathalias files contain lines of  the  form   alias=path
     where  path  can be one or more colon-separated directories.
     Whenever a FACE  (Framed  Access  Command  Environment,  see
     face(1))  user references a path not beginning with a ``/'',
     this file is checked. If the first component of the pathname
     matches  the  left-hand  side of the equals sign, the right-
     hand side is searched much like $PATH variable in  the  sys-
     tem.   This   allows   users   to   reference   the   folder
     $HOME/FILECABINET by typing filecabinet.

     There   is   a    system-wide    pathalias    file    called
     $VMSYS/pathalias,  and  each  user can also have local alias
     file called $HOME/pref/pathalias. Settings in the user alias
     file  override settings in the system-wide file. The system-
     wide file is shipped with  several  standard  FACE  aliases,
     such  as filecabinet, wastebasket, preferences, other_users,
     etc.

FILES
     $HOME/pref/pathalias

     $VMSYS/pathalias

SEE ALSO
     face(1)

NOTES
     Unlike command keywords, partial matching of a path alias is
     not  permitted,  however, path aliases are case insensitive.
     The name of an alias should be alphabetic, and  in  no  case
     can  it  contain  special  characters  like ``/'', ``\'', or
     ``=''. There is no particular limit on the number of aliases
     allowed.  Alias  files are read once, at login, and are held
     in core until logout. Thus, if an  alias  file  is  modified
     during  a session, the change will not take effect until the
     next session.












SunOS 5.9            Last change: 3 Jul 1990                    1