I'm trying to add Reminder.app items through the command line by invoking an alias. I use the Automator workflow solution from this question: How can I add reminders via the command line?, which invokes a basic workflow containing an empty Reminders item, via the following command line input:

automator -i remindertext add_reminder.workflow

This works perfectly, but is clumsy to type, so I want to set an alias for it. My question is: how do I set an alias in .zshrc that allows for me to set the reminder item text when I invoke the alias? It would basically need to be able to replace 'remindertext' with a variable, like so:

alias reminder='automator -i <variable> add_reminder.workflow'

Is this possible in zsh/oh-my-zsh?

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Aliases are used as a shortcuts - sipmple commands that expand to longer ones. If you need to pass an argument to it, you would need to create a function. Maybe try something like:

reminder () { automator -i $1 add_reminder.workflow' }

Here $1 will expand to the first argument that you've passed to the function. So you'll to do something like:

reminder "Buy potatoes"

P.S: I haven't tried it, since I don't have zsh with me right now, so if it breaks, give me a shout.

  • Thanks! This set me in the right direction, with some minor tinkering. I now have this line in my .zshrc file: function reminder () {automator -i $1 add_reminder.workflow} Works perfectly. Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 14:13
  • Wanted to add that after playing with the syntax a bit, I realized that it also works without adding the 'function' part at the beginning of the line (i.e., it works precisely like Atanas suggested it would with his code) Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 22:03
  • I am trying to type weather() { curl -4 http://wttr.in/$1 } to enable weather newyork alias, the original command is curl -4 http://wttr.in/newyork
    – Zigii Wong
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 9:23
  • @Wongzigii: (1) You've missed ; between $1 and } (2) It's better to use ${1:-newyork}, in this case if you start weather, newyork is used by default, and you can specify additional parameters if you want override it; (3) you don't need -4 anymore, it works even so no; (4) I would suggest use wttr instead of weather for the function name: it's short and unique and it's obvious what it means Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 21:41

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