Error when running tree command

The tree command is a popular utility which lists the contents of a directory in a tree format, and it also allows users to specify the display depth of the directory tree. After installing the tree package in ubuntu, and running the tree command – I was getting below error:

$ tree .
sed: read error on .: Is a directory

The error doesn’t look like it is coming from the tree package just installed, after some digging I figured out that the “tree” command in this case was an alias. I use the Bash-it framework for a collection of bash commands and scripts and Bash-it has its own set of aliases including one for tree –

$ type tree
tree is aliased to `find . -print | sed -e 's;[^/]*/;|____;g;s;____|; |;g''

In order to run the actual tree command, I had to prefix it with “command” or “\” as below –

$ command tree .
.
??? chapter-one
??? readme

1 directory, 1 file

$ \tree .
.
??? chapter-one
??? readme

1 directory, 1 file

References –

http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/trusty/man1/tree.1.html

https://github.com/Bash-it/bash-it

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