Aetolia's Internal Alias System - Aetolia Online Help

2.7 Aetolia's Internal Alias System

An alias in Aetolia is a combination of letters and/or numbers, with no
spaces. Linked with this 'word' is a command. When you type the alias,
the command will be executed instead.

For example, if your alias was, 'sayhi' and the command associated with
it was 'say Hi everyone!' then everytime you entered 'sayhi', Aetolia
would turn it into 'say Hi everyone!'.

Aliases and targets
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Within aliases, you may embed what are called targets. Think of targets
as an alias within an alias. All targets in an alias must be preceeded
with a & character.

So, for example, let's make the 'sayhi' alias from above a bit more
functional, so that it may be targetted to your guildmaster, whomever
that happened to be at the time.

You would first set your 'sayhi' alias to equal 'hi &gm', where 'gm' is
the target. You would then set that target (settarget gm <name>) to be
the name of whoever your guildmaster is. If you set the 'gm' target to
be 'Gawain', then 'sayhi' would execute 'hi Gawain'.

It should be pointed out that generally you do NOT need 10 aliases for
claw (for instance). Instead of different aliases for 'claw hyena',
'claw rat', etc, all you need to do is use a target. For example:

setalias ml maul &tar
settarget tar <whatever>

Set up all your attacking aliases to use target, and then when you want
to attack a new opponent, simply change the target, and all your
attacking aliases will now work on the new target.


Aliases and substitution
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Sometimes you just want to make part of a command into shorthand to save you 
some time. For example, typing out 'CLAN CRAFTERS TELL Hello everybody' is 
awfully long, but in this instance using a target wouldn't work as you want to 
be able to chat without having to change your target each time. In this case, we
can use a substitution token.

You can use a substitution token by entering $ followed by a number to indicate 
the word to use. $0 will use everything after your alias, whereas $2 would use 
the second word.

For example:
setalias crtell clan crafters tell $0

If I then entered 'crtell Hello everybody', the game would automatically expand 
it to 'CLAN CRAFTERS TELL Hello everybody'.

However, if I set the alias instead to:
setalias crtell clan crafters tell $2

And entered the same command, the game would expand it to 'CLAN CRAFTERS TELL 
everybody'.


Aliases and dynamic targets
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In other instances, you may want to set a target, but want to be able to change 
that target easily without having to go through the SETTARGET steps. In this 
case, you can precede your target name with ^, example ^tar, and it will do just
that.

Example, I have an alias set as follows:
setalias stf staffcast dissolution at ^tar

If I type in 'stf spider', it will set your internal target called 'tar' to 
spider and expand your command to 'staffcast dissolution at spider' at the same 
time.

Then, if I type just 'stf' afterwards, the game will expand your command to  
'staffcast dissolution at spider' again without needing to reenter the target.


Overview
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You may name your aliases and your targets whatever you want, provided
they are 12 or fewer characters long. It is important that you do _not_
name your aliases the same as any commands that you want to use, else
the commands will not work for you. When you type in EAT ASH, for
instance, Aetolia will first search to see if you have an alias called
"eat". If you do, then it will try to execute that.

Command list:

SETALIAS <alias name> <substituted text> : Makes a new alias.
ALIASLIST/AL                             : Lists your aliases.
CLEARALIAS <alias name>                  : Clears an alias.
CLEARALLALIAS                            : Clears all aliases.

SETTARGET/ST <target name> <text>        : Makes a new target.
TARGETLIST/TARLIST                       : Lists your targets.
CLEARTARGET <target>                     : Clears a target.