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Here's an alternative if you don't have seq.
There are 12 alternatives - vote for the best!
I did not like two things in the submitted commands and fixed it here:
1) If I do cd - afterwards, I want to go back to the directory I've been before
2) If I call up without argument, I expect to go up one level
It is sad, that I need eval (at least in bash), but I think it's safe here.
eval is required, because in bash brace expansion happens before variable substitution, see http://rosettacode.org/wiki/Repeat_a_string#Using_printf
You can also remove the "&& pwd" if you don't want it to print out each directory as it moves up.
If you can do better, submit your command here.
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