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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
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using `!#$' to referance backward-word

Terminal - using `!#$' to referance backward-word
cp /work/host/phone/ui/main.cpp !#$:s/host/target
2011-09-20 06:48:07
User: kev
Functions: cp
using `!#$' to referance backward-word

expand to:

cp /work/host/phone/ui/main.cpp /work/target/phone/ui/main.cpp


The entire command line typed so far.


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Wow, that's amazing.

I'd suggest changing your description, though, from "entire command line" to "all the command line arguments" (because it doesn't include "cp").

Your example could also be represented as:

cp /work/{host,target}/phone/ui/main.cpp

... but the search and replace makes it very interesting, very versatile.

Comment by flatcap 292 weeks and 1 day ago

it does include "cp"

Comment by kev 292 weeks ago

That's... wow.

Comment by kaedenn 292 weeks ago

Ah, sorry. My mistake.

Comment by flatcap 291 weeks and 6 days ago

I didn't get this to work in ksh, but I did get it to work in bash.

Comment by hellspawn 291 weeks and 6 days ago

Yes! I just wondered if something like this exists while doing "mkdir -p long/path && cd long/path"

Comment by wipu 291 weeks and 6 days ago

Btw, this trick is somewhat ruined by the fact that bash saves the command expanded in history. Is there any flag to store it as such?

Comment by wipu 291 weeks and 6 days ago

to avoid "mkdir -p long/path && cd long/path" you can do:

mkdir -p long/path

and then do

cd [ALT]+. (that means pressing the 'alt' key and the '.' simultaneously, it expands to the last parameter used :D)
Comment by ivanalejandro0 290 weeks ago

Your point of view

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