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Insert the last argument of the previous command

Terminal - Insert the last argument of the previous command
<ESC> .
2010-01-22 14:27:44
User: wincus
23
Insert the last argument of the previous command

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
'ALT+.' or '<ESC> .'
2009-03-20 11:36:04
User: atoponce
260

When typing out long arguments, such as:

cp file.txt /var/www/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/

You can put that argument on your command line by holding down the ALT key and pressing the period '.' or by pressing <ESC> then the period '.'. For example:

cd 'ALT+.'

would put '/var/www/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/ as my argument. Keeping pressing 'ALT+.' to cycle through arguments of your commands starting from most recent to oldest. This can save a ton of typing.

<ALT> .
<ALT> .
!$
2010-01-24 17:59:52
User: ringlerun
9

for example if you did a:

ls -la /bin/ls

then

ls !$

is equivalent to doing a

ls /bin/ls
<ALT>+<.> or <ALT>+<NUM>+<.> or <ALT>+<NUM>,<ALT>+<.>
2011-03-01 17:41:08
User: aikikode
9

After executing a command with multiple arguments like

cp ./temp/test.sh ~/prog/ifdown.sh

you can paste any argument of the previous command to the console, like

ls -l ALT+1+.

is equivalent to

ls -l ./temp/test.sh

ALT+0+. stands for command itself ('ls' in this case)

Simple ALT+. cycles through last arguments of previous commands.

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What others think

in bash you could also use " ALT ."

Comment by new_user 256 weeks and 1 day ago

Works in zsh as well.

Comment by 0x89 256 weeks ago

Awesome...

This command is working fine :)

Comment by svnlabs 255 weeks and 6 days ago

it doesn't work in my tcsh. But !$ works

Comment by Charon 254 weeks and 3 days ago

In Ubuntu ALT . doesnt work!

Comment by mdelatorre 254 weeks and 3 days ago

This is not about distribution, but related to the shell you are using.

Hold down ALT and then click dot.

If you use ESC you do not have to hold it.

Comment by RanyAlbeg 252 weeks and 4 days ago

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