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Smart `cd`.. cd to the file directory if you try to cd to a file

Terminal - Smart `cd`.. cd to the file directory if you try to cd to a file
cd() { if [ -z "$1" ]; then command cd; else if [ -f "$1" ]; then command cd $(dirname "$1"); else command cd "$1"; fi; fi; }
2010-04-23 19:17:43
User: xeor
Functions: cd command dirname
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Smart `cd`.. cd to the file directory if you try to cd to a file

This little function will smarten 'cd'. If you try to cd into a file (which I guess we all have done), it cd's into the directory of that file instead.

I had to use nesten if's, to get cd to still work with 'cd' (to get to $HOME), 'cd -' (to get to last directory), and 'cd foo\ bar'.

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Nice, but we can make it tidier...

First, turn the nested if then if to if, elsif, else fi.

Next drop dirname for shell magic: ${1%/*}

Then move all the command cd's to the end

cd() { if [ -z "$1" ]; then D=~; elif [ -f "$1" ]; then D="${1%/*}"; else D="$1"; fi; command cd "$D"; }
Comment by flatcap2 346 weeks and 1 day ago

Now only 83 chars and everything still works :-)

cd() { [ -z "$1" ] && set -- ~; [ -f "$1" ] && set -- "${1%/*}"; command cd "$1"; }
Comment by flatcap2 345 weeks and 6 days ago

Even shorter:

cd(){ [ -f "$1" ]&&builtin cd "${1%/*}"||builtin cd "$1";}
Comment by eightmillion 345 weeks and 5 days ago

Nice (+1) though I probably won't never use it since bash completion don't complete regular file names.

Comment by rbossy 345 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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