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Go to the created directory after using mkdir

Terminal - Go to the created directory after using mkdir
mkdir() { /bin/mkdir $@ && eval cd "\$$#"; }
2009-03-30 17:24:21
User: fnando
Functions: cd eval mkdir
Go to the created directory after using mkdir


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Why not just "mkdir blahblahblah && cd !$"?

Comment by cbilson 309 weeks and 1 day ago

I use vi mode.

mkdir /path/to/dir <esc(mapped to caps)>kcwcd<enter>
Comment by jnash 309 weeks and 1 day ago

bad form: you should never make an alias or function that is named after an already preserved name. 'mkcd' would be more appropriate.

Comment by atoponce 309 weeks ago


That doesn't actually work. Bash replaces the !$ before running the command, so it will not likely be the cd command, and will be something like

cat file-from-before mkdir blahblahblah && cd cat file-from-before

which is not as intended.

I saw some other post with this trick:

(mkdir blahblahblah) && cd !$

which will work as expeted, since the subshell runs first, so the last command IS indeed the mkdir.

Comment by clockworkavian 309 weeks ago

er.. my fix didn't work either. I must have missed some syntax.

Comment by clockworkavian 309 weeks ago


mkdir tmp && cd !$

worked for me. What bash are you using?

Comment by Highwayman 309 weeks ago

3.2-5ubuntu1, the default for ubuntu 9.04

just to make sure I'm not crazy, I just ran

cat blank mkdir tmp && cd !$

and it did indeed expand to

mkdir tmp && cd blank

I wonder if there's a shell option somewhere that affects this.

Comment by clockworkavian 309 weeks ago

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