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Insert the last argument of the previous command

Terminal - Insert the last argument of the previous command
<ALT> .
2010-01-22 15:06:26
User: new_user
12
Insert the last argument of the previous command

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
'ALT+.' or '<ESC> .'
2009-03-20 11:36:04
User: atoponce
275

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.

<ESC> .
<ESC> .
<ALT>+<.> or <ALT>+<NUM>+<.> or <ALT>+<NUM>,<ALT>+<.>
2011-03-01 17:41:08
User: aikikode
11

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.

!$
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

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awsome

Comment by unixmonkey7859 291 weeks and 5 days ago

Never knew that, I always used . but I like this better.

Comment by jdob 291 weeks and 1 day ago

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