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Push your present working directory to a stack that you can pop later

Terminal - Push your present working directory to a stack that you can pop later
pushd /tmp
2009-02-16 16:52:59
User: ruedu
Push your present working directory to a stack that you can pop later

If are a Bash user and you are in a directory and need to go else where for a while but don't want to lose where you were, use pushd instead of cd.

cd /home/complicated/path/.I/dont/want/to/forget

pushd /tmp

cd thing/in/tmp

popd (returns you to /home/complicated/path/.I/dont/want/to/forget)


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I recommend to alias pushd and popd to + and -, respectively. They are easier to remember and faster to type.

alias +='pushd' alias -- -='popd'
Comment by hfs 357 weeks and 3 days ago

Try 'cd -' ..same

Comment by brubaker 328 weeks and 4 days ago

cd - is not the same as it only remembers the last directory you were in. It's great for flipping between two directories, but if you want to "save" a directory long term then push/pop is the better way

Comment by ruedu 328 weeks and 4 days ago

If you get really used to pushd/popd, you'll find yourself opening less terminals/screen windows.

Also, typing 'dirs -v' will show you your current directory stack. If you type pushd without any args, it'll reverse the top 2 dirs in the stack. You can also rotate with pushd +n, -n, etc. See your shell's man page.

Comment by rkulla 327 weeks and 5 days ago

I really liked the aliases created by hfs user, and added a "?" one for dirs -v :)

alias +='pushd' alias -- -='popd' alias ?='dirs -v'
Comment by jmonteiro 279 weeks and 4 days ago

Love this! Thank you! Been using cd - but this is way better

Comment by davethomas11 110 weeks and 1 day ago

This is quite possible the most useful command AND comments I've come across on this site. Props to @hfs and @jmonteiro on the aliasing, as well as @rkulla for the stack.

Comment by scurge 62 weeks and 2 days ago

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