aegis new project alias(1) create a new project alias


aegis -New_Project_Alias [ option... ] project-name alias-name
aegis -Help
aegis -VERSion


The aegis -New_Project_Alias command is used to create a projects alias, so that branches of projects may be referred by a shorter or more specific name.

The project name must be given on the command line; the default project is not sufficient. The project named may be a top-level project, or it may be a branch (to any depth of branch).

The new alias name must also be given on the command line, and it must be the second name. Project aliases have fewer limits than project names: they must not need shell quoting, that's all.


Aliases may be used in may ways. The most common is to give a particular release a code name. You would do this by saying
aenpa example.4.2 sydney
This would make "sydney" an alias for the "example.4.2" branch.

Another use for aliases is to have a fixed alias for your active branch, so that your developer team does not need to change their default project, even though the branch number moves on for each release. You could say

aenpa example.4.2 example.cur
This would make "example.cur" an alias for the "example.4.2" branch. When this was finished, and 4.3 started, a project administrator could say
aerpa example.cur
aenpa example.4.3 example.cur
Now "example.cur" is an alias for the "example.4.3" branch, but the developers need only reference "example.cur" to always work on the right branch.


The following options are understood:

This option may be used to obtain more information about how to use the aegis program.

See also aegis(1) for options common to all aegis commands.

All options may be abbreviated; the abbreviation is documented as the upper case letters, all lower case letters and underscores (_) are optional. You must use consecutive sequences of optional letters.

All options are case insensitive, you may type them in upper case or lower case or a combination of both, case is not important.

For example: the arguments "-project, "-PROJ" and "-p" are all interpreted to mean the -Project option. The argument "-prj" will not be understood, because consecutive optional characters were not supplied.

Options and other command line arguments may be mixed arbitrarily on the command line, after the function selectors.

The GNU long option names are understood. Since all option names for aegis are long, this means ignoring the extra leading '-'. The "--option=value" convention is also understood.


It is an error if the old project does not exist.
It is an error if the current user is not a project administrator.
It is an error if the new alias name look like a branch name.
It is an error if the new alias contains unprintable characters.


The aegis command will exit with a status of 1 on any error. The aegis command will only exit with a status of 0 if there are no errors.


See aegis(1) for a list of environment variables which may affect this command. See aepconf(5) for the project configuration file's project_specific field for how to set environment variables for all commands executed by Aegis.


aegis version 4.24.3.D001
Copyright (C) 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Peter Miller

The aegis program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use the 'aegis -VERSion License' command. This is free software and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; for details use the 'aegis -VERSion License' command.


Peter MillerE-Mail:[email protected]