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Change to $HOME - zsh, bash4

Terminal - Change to $HOME - zsh, bash4
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2009-07-24 10:43:53
User: penpen
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Change to $HOME - zsh, bash4

To change to $HOME in that manner you need to set a shell option. In zsh it is auto_cd, hence

setopt -o auto_cd

in bash4 it is autocd, hence

shopt -s autocd

What the option does is allow you to cd to a directory by just entering its name. This also works if the directory name is stored in a variable:

www=/var/www/lighttpd; $www

sends you to /var/www/lighttpd.

CAUTION: If a command or function name identical to the directory name exists it takes precedence.

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Holy crap. Nice! I've read the bash manual more times that I care to admit, but I'd missed that one. However, I'll still find it easier to type cd than find the fiddly ~ button :-)

Comment by flatcap 281 weeks and 6 days ago

"$OLDPWD" does the same as "cd -", using that. However, just "-" does not take you back to the previous directory as in "cd -". But it's still very useful.

Comment by Patola 281 weeks and 5 days ago

just "cd" does the same. takes you home wherever you are.

Comment by Bender 281 weeks and 5 days ago

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