i like to define \tikzset for bunch of images, in which i define building blocks for control schemes. in defining those block i extensively use path picture where for anchors i use path picture bounding box. for shorter code i like for it define the shortcut ppbb. this is simple to achieve with

\newcommand\ppbb{path picture bounding box}

in document preamble. Unfortunately it can't be included in tikset. is there some way fir defining shortcuts as part of `\tikzest?

as example of use of the \ppbb see my answer here.

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    Isn't \pgfkeysalsofrom{\ppbb} meant for such things? – user31729 Oct 11 '17 at 11:12
  • i dont know, i'm not familar withpgfkeys. can you explain this? – Zarko Oct 11 '17 at 11:14
  • what is the context where tikzset causes problems? – percusse Oct 11 '17 at 12:51

It is entirely personal preference, but considering the use in the linked answer, I wouldn't directly use a macro, I'd use a node alias (which I concede is using a bunch of macros 'under the covers'). Something like this:

\tikzset{alias path picture bounding box/.code=%
  \pgfnodealias{#1}{path picture bounding box}}
\node [fill=red, path picture={%
  \tikzset{alias path picture bounding box=@}
  \fill [orange] (@.north) -- (@.east) -- (@.south) -- (@.west) -- cycle;
}] {A};

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