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On Thu, 2006-09-28 at 11:31 -0400, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> Oh, wait.  I think I know.  I already have date aliased to
> 
>    $ alias | grep date
>    alias date='date +'\''%a %b %d %l:%M %p'\'''
> 
> So I'll bet if I do this, it'll work:
> 
>    $ date +%Y
>    date: extra operand `+%Y'
>    Try `date --help' for more information.
>    $ \date +%Y
>    2006
> 
> And when I use a fully qualified path, the shell doesn't use the alias.  OK.
> Mystery solved.  Thanks Bill!

In the future, you may find "type" more useful than which, which will
also reveal when a command you're running is a builtin, keyword (such as
the "time" command in bash), or (as in your case) an alias.

-Micah


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