Am Donnerstag, 3. April 2008 schrieb Gregory Stark:
> \old means something *today*. In the proposed syntax by creating the alias
> you're changing what it means.

Yes.  There are two complementary responses to that:

1. That's an intentional, useful feature of aliases.
2. If you don't like it, don't use it.

By your line of argument, we couldn't ever add any new commands in psql 

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