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Is it possible to add a flag to a bash alias you create yourself? e.g.

con -a = 'ssh'
con -b = 'ssh'
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Or, use a function instead of an alias:

con() {
  local OPTIND svr
  while getopts ":ab" option; do
    case $option in
      a) svr=server1 ;;
      b) svr=server2 ;;
      ?) echo "invalid option: $OPTARG"; return 1 ;;
  ssh username@${svr}

con -a
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Right. Though, considering OP only needs a single flag, the getopts loop might be a teensy-weensy bit overkill :). – kopischke May 10 '12 at 19:21
If you're going to show someone how to do something, show them the correct way. – glenn jackman May 10 '12 at 20:10
not contesting the merits of your answer – I linked to it indicating it is better than mine. – kopischke May 10 '12 at 20:12
Can this be placed in .profile along with aliases? – Ed George May 14 '12 at 11:15
.bashrc is usually recommended – glenn jackman May 14 '12 at 11:40

Nope – aliases are simple text substitutions. Use different alias names instead:

alias cona='ssh' 
alias conb='ssh'

EDIT if absolutely must have flags, a function will serve better than an alias – see @glenn-jackmann’s answer.

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