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command in Mac OS X

By: Strauss K in macos Tutorials on 2011-02-03  

command is a built-in shell command in Mac OS X and other Unix-based operating systems. The command command is used to run a command in a way that bypasses any aliases or functions that have the same name as the command.

For example, if you have created an alias or function with the same name as a built-in command or utility, running the command may result in the alias or function being executed instead of the intended command. In such cases, you can use the command command to bypass the alias or function and run the intended command instead.

To use command, simply prefix the command that you want to run with the command command. For example, if you want to run the ls command without any aliases or functions that may have been defined for it, you would use the following command:

command ls

This command will run the ls command as if there were no aliases or functions with the same name.

In addition to bypassing aliases and functions, the command command can also be used to set or unset environment variables, and to run a command in a specific shell mode. For more information, you can refer to the manual page for command by running the following command in the Terminal:

man command

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