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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.

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

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

Comment by kille 356 weeks and 2 days ago

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

Comment by xsawyerx 356 weeks 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 353 weeks and 2 days ago

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

Comment by grep 353 weeks and 2 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 353 weeks ago

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

Comment by nottings 353 weeks ago

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

Comment by nottings 353 weeks ago

nm... i see why

Comment by nottings 353 weeks 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 348 weeks and 2 days ago

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

Comment by deltaray 307 weeks 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 196 weeks and 2 days ago

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

Comment by adeverteuil 196 weeks and 2 days ago


Comment by gadmyth 195 weeks ago

agree with mkc

Comment by jasee 131 weeks ago

Your point of view

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