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The command for alias local='...' gets run on terminal open [Resolved]

I have an alias set up in my .bash_profile file: alias local='npm run start-local', and for whatever reason when I open a new terminal session it is trying to run that command npm run start-local immediately. It works fine if I rename it to "local2". What could be causing this?

I got this alias from my coworker who uses it regularly, and the only difference I know of is that he is not on Mojave.

Edit: something interesting I noticed is that if I change it to alias local='echo ' then I see

-bash: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable

Which adds evidence that it is running my local command when something is trying to use the local variable.

Question Credit: Dallas S
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Asked May 15, 2019
Posted Under: Apple
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