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for d in `find .. -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -type d | sort`; do if [[ `basename $d` > `basename $PWD` ]]; then cd $d; break; fi; done
2009-05-16 17:33:34
User: gwiener
Functions: cd

Sometimes you have to browse your way through a lot of sub-directories. This command cd to the next sub-directory in alphabetical order. For example, if you have the directories "lectures/01-intro", "lectures/02-basic", "lectures/03-advanced" and so on, and your PWD is "02-basic", it jumps to "03-advanced".

gtar cpf - . | (cd /dest/directory; gtar xpf -)
2009-05-15 13:23:00
User: mnikhil
Functions: cd
Tags: gtar, gtar

It copies the entire current working directory to the destination directory with compression enabled.

function ec() { ec_var="`pwd`" && cd /etc/ && sudo bzr commit -m "$@" && cd $ec_var; }
2009-05-14 04:34:26
Functions: cd sudo

ec commits changes to etckeeper

must have etckeeper installed with bzr to use this

place inside bashrc

can be used from any directory to commit changes

cd !$
2009-05-08 09:48:14
Functions: cd

During this operation :

# mv Joomla_1.5.10-Stable-Full_Package.zip /var/www/joomla/

I invoke /var/www/joomla/ as last command argument. To change in this directory I can use

# cd !$

So I go to


cd $(dirname $(find ~ -name emails.txt))
2009-05-01 21:26:58
User: haivu
Functions: cd dirname find
Tags: bash dirname

This command looks for a single file named emails.txt which is located somewhere in my home directory and cd to that directory. This command is especially helpful when the file is burried deep in the directory structure. I tested it against the bash shells in Xubuntu 8.10 and Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6

cd /mnt/old && tar cvf - . | ( cd /mnt/new && tar xvf - )
cd ~/.mozilla/firefox/ && sqlite3 `cat profiles.ini | grep Path | awk -F= '{print $2}'`/formhistory.sqlite "select * from moz_formhistory" && cd - > /dev/null
2009-04-13 20:23:37
User: klipz
Functions: awk cd grep

When you fill a formular with Firefox, you see things you entered in previous formulars with same field names. This command list everything Firefox has registered. Using a "delete from", you can remove anoying Google queries, for example ;-)

mkdir() { /bin/mkdir $@ && eval cd "\$$#"; }
alias mux='clear && cd ~/Music/ && ls && echo -n "File> " && read msi && mplayer ~/Music/$msi'
2009-03-23 10:45:27
User: Noxn
Functions: alias cd echo ls read

An alias i made for myself to play music in a faster way.

Works great when you have Guake / Tilda installed (Console that drops down like in the game QUAKE)


I put this in my bash_alias file (I'm on ubuntu, the bash_alias file does autostart with the right config) but it works putting it in bashrc too. Or anything that autostarts when the console is opened.


Needs Mplayer and music files to work. With out music theres nothing to play!

Oh, and also, without modification, this alias will try to play stuff from your ~/Music folder! (case sensitive). Make sure that folder exists and has music OR edit this alias to fit your needs.

[[ -d dir ]] || mkdir dir ; cd dir
2009-03-12 17:19:13
User: voyeg3r
Functions: cd dir mkdir

For use in scripts this command is very usefull

function cdls { cd $1; ls; }
2009-03-10 19:13:47
User: joem86
Functions: cd
Tags: terminal

After typing cd directory [enter] ls [enter] so many times, I figured I'd try to make it into a function. I was surprised how smoothly I was able to integrate it into my work on the command line.

Just use cdls as you would cd. It will automatically list the directory contents after you cd into the directory. To make the command always available, add it to your .bashrc file.

Not quite monumental, but still pretty convenient.

tar cf - . | (cd /new/dir; tar xvf -)
2009-03-09 20:30:34
User: jauderho
Functions: cd tar

Add z to the flags to enable compression.

cd !$
cd() { builtin cd "${@:-$HOME}" && ls; }
2009-03-05 22:37:35
User: haivu
Functions: cd

Often, the very next command after the cd command is 'ls', so why not combine them?. Tested on a Red Hat derivative and Mac OS X Leopard

Update: changed ${1:-$HOME} to "${@:-$HOME}" to accomodate directories with spaces in the names

alias wordpress='mkdir wordpress && cd wordpress && wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz && tar -xvzf latest.tar.gz && mv wordpress/* . && rm -rf latest.tar.gz wordpress && cp wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php'
function miso () { mkdir ~/ISO_CD && sudo mount -o loop "$@" ~/ISO_CD && cd ~/ISO_CD && ls; } function uiso () { cd ~ && sudo umount ~/ISO_CD && rm -r ~/ISO_CD; }
2009-02-25 03:41:35
User: vududevil
Functions: cd mkdir mount rm sudo umount

Add the functions to the .bashrc to make it work

Example: First go to the iso file directory and type:


user@box:~$ miso file.iso


It will put you into a temporary mounting point directory (ISO_CD) and will show the files

You can umount the iso file whatever the directory you are


user@box:~/ISO_CD$ uiso


It wil umount the iso file and remove the temporary directory in your home

(cd /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS; ./firefox-bin -p default --no-remote)
cd `pwd -P`
2009-02-17 17:21:24
User: Davvolun
Functions: cd

If you use symlinks a lot, especially nested symlinks, this puts you back on the absolute path to command-line-fu-nirvana. (Note the backticks around pwd).

cd /source/directory; tar cf - . | tar xf - -C /destination/directory
cd !$
2009-02-16 21:33:14
User: raphink
Functions: cd

!$ recalls the last argument of the previous command. This is very useful when you have to operate several operations on the same file for example.

cd /usr/ports; grep -F "`for o in \`pkg_info -qao\` ; \ do echo "|/usr/ports/${o}|" ; done`" `make -V INDEXFILE` | \ grep -i \|ports@freebsd.org\| | cut -f 2 -d \|
2009-02-16 21:07:35
User: grep
Functions: cd cut grep

only works for freeBSD where ports are installed in /usr/ports

credit to http://wiki.freebsd.org/PortsTasks

(cd /orignl/path tar -cf - . ) | (cd /dst/dir;tar -xvf -)
2009-02-16 09:36:34
Functions: cd tar

uses tar to dump files from /orignl/path to /dst/dir. i find tar's out more readable than cp, and it doesn't mess with modified dates.

cd -
2009-02-16 02:37:50
User: chmouel
Functions: cd

cd - would return to the previous directory of your cd command. NB: previous dir is always stored in $OLDPWD variable.

cd \
2009-02-14 21:53:51
User: VonC
Functions: cd

Useful to quickly get back to the Windows root directory of the current drive from a sub-directory within that drive.

Works also without space between 'cd' and backslash: 'cd\' or 'cd \' have the same effect