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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 348 weeks ago

I use vi mode.

mkdir /path/to/dir <esc(mapped to caps)>kcwcd<enter>
Comment by jnash 347 weeks and 6 days 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 347 weeks and 6 days 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 347 weeks and 6 days ago

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

Comment by clockworkavian 347 weeks and 6 days ago


mkdir tmp && cd !$

worked for me. What bash are you using?

Comment by Highwayman 347 weeks and 6 days 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 347 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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