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bash/ksh function: given a file, cd to the directory it lives

Terminal - bash/ksh function: given a file, cd to the directory it lives
function cdf () { [ -f $1 ] && { cd $(dirname $1); } || { cd $1 ; }; pwd; };
2012-09-08 10:50:58
User: Josso
Functions: cd dirname
bash/ksh function: given a file, cd to the directory it lives

Had trouble with the other function, because of missing semicolons. (According to my bash on OS X)


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
function fcd () { [ -f $1 ] && { cd $(dirname $1); } || { cd $1 ; } pwd }
2009-09-03 18:58:13
User: relay
Functions: cd dirname pwd
Tags: bash ksh

fcd : file change directory

A bash function that takes a fully qualified file path and cd's into the directory where it lives. Useful on the commadline when you have a file name in a variable and you'd like to cd to the directory to RCS check it in or look at other files associated with it.

Will run on any ksh, bash, likely sh, maybe zsh.

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What others think

Not bad. I have 'cd' aliased to something similar so it becomes the default behaviour of cd.

However, you need to quote $1 so it will work with directory names with embedded spaces.

function cdf () { [ -f "$1" ] && { cd $(dirname "$1"); } || { cd "$1" ; }; pwd; };
Comment by flatcap 160 weeks ago

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