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Jump to a directory, execute a command and jump back to current dir

Terminal - Jump to a directory, execute a command and jump back to current dir
(cd /tmp && ls)
2009-01-27 00:41:04
User: root
Jump to a directory, execute a command and jump back to current dir


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
( cd $DIR; command; )
2011-03-29 13:16:00
User: sanmiguel
Functions: cd
Tags: bash cd

Obviously the example given is necessarily simple, but this command not only saves time on the command line (saves you using "cd -" or, worse, having to type a fully qualified path if your command cd's more than once), but is vital in scripts, where I've found the behaviour of "cd -" to be a little broken at times.

cd /path/to/dir && command_or_script; cd -;
pushd /path/to/dir ; command_to_execute; popd

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What others think

Great line.. something I do need quite often! Thanks

Comment by kille 321 weeks and 5 days ago

couldn't you just do `ls /tmp` ?

Comment by xsawyerx 321 weeks and 3 days ago

xsawyerx, the point is that any command could be used instead of ls.

root, thanks for this tip, one of my favorites!

Comment by int19h 318 weeks and 5 days ago

it keeps me in the new directory - is that the point?

Comment by grep 318 weeks and 4 days ago

I use this constantly. It doesn't really "jump back", though. The parentheses create a new subshell, and the chdir happens only in that subshell. This means that you can do things like this:

for d in d1 d2 d3; do (cd $d && do_something_here) & done

Comment by mkc 318 weeks and 3 days ago

this must only work on some distros? I end up in the same directory

Comment by nottings 318 weeks and 2 days ago

mkc: what's wrong with just doing for d in d1 d2 d3; do $d/do_something_here); done ?

Comment by nottings 318 weeks and 2 days ago

nm... i see why

Comment by nottings 318 weeks and 2 days ago

if having a subshell doesn't work for whatever reason (like if you want to be able to set variables from within that dir) then you might want to consider:

pushd /some/dir; do_something_cool; popd
Comment by woxidu 313 weeks and 4 days ago

Usually I just use 'cd -' to get back to the directory I was previously in.

Comment by deltaray 272 weeks and 3 days ago

Isn't this a command substitution rather than a subshell executed list of command? Although command substitutions are executed in a subshell, using the syntax

(cd dir; foo)

seems a better idea to me.

Comment by adeverteuil 161 weeks and 4 days ago

Oh. command prompt. Got it. I take back my comment.

Comment by adeverteuil 161 weeks and 4 days ago


Comment by gadmyth 160 weeks and 3 days ago

agree with mkc

Comment by jasee 96 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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