The name command defines a target-name to be used as a synonym for spec in subsequent commands. The target-name will also be listed in:
Defined targets are saved in sessions, and they can also be created with menu: Select... Define Selector. See also: alias, rename
Defining a name is useful to replace a long target specification string with something shorter and easier to type, or to name the current selection for easy access to its contents later. Occurrences of target-name (space- and/or semicolon-delimited) in commands will be translated to the corresponding items.
A target can be defined as evaluate-now or evaluate-later:
Evaluate-later targets can be defined automatically at ChimeraX startup by including name commands in the Startup preferences.
name frozen leus :leu...the name leus will only refer to the leucines in that set of structures, and closing a model (even if it is reopened again) removes it from the set.
The command name list reports all user-defined targets in the Log, with brief summaries of their contents; using builtins true also lists the built-in targets.
The command name delete can be used to “forget” a specific user-defined target or all user-defined targets.