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move you up one directory quickly

Terminal - move you up one directory quickly
alias ..='cd ..'
2011-10-28 10:12:57
User: kev
Functions: alias
move you up one directory quickly


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
shopt -s autocd
2012-04-01 14:34:29
User: stubby

In bash, this turns on auto cd. If a command is just a directory name, it cd's into that directory.

alias ..='cd ..'
2009-03-20 09:57:28
User: eimantas
Functions: alias
Tags: bash unix shell cd

Alias two dots to move to parent directory. Put it into your .bashrc or .profile file.

alias b='cd ../'
2012-04-01 06:04:45
User: deshawnbw
Functions: alias
Tags: alias

Alias a single character 'b' to move to parent directory. Put it into your .bashrc or .profile file.

Using "cd .." is one of the most repetitive sequence of characters you'll in the command line. Bring it down to two keys 'b' and 'enter'.

It stands for "back"

Also useful to have multiple:

alias b='cd ../'

alias bb='cd ../../'

alias bbb='cd ../../../'

alias bbbb='cd ../../../../'

yum install zsh
2012-04-02 12:53:30
User: netaxiz
Functions: install

Use ZSH instead of bash, typing .. will move you up one directory, without the need to alias it.

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What others think

Bash: "cd -" - done.

Comment by manuelj 181 weeks and 6 days ago

Or cd .. alone. The proposed command is like killing a robin with a bazooka :)

Comment by nzimas 181 weeks and 6 days ago

Am I missing the point?

cd .. = Go up one directory, from where I am.

cd - = Go back to my previous cwd, no matter where it was

cd = Go to the home directory of the current user

The proposed command seems to be the only one that will "move to parent directory" i.e. one directory up from where I am.

Did you all read the command and think about it before you slammed this person with 12 negative votes???

Comment by SuperFly 181 weeks and 5 days ago

I see the first comment ("cd -") is totally off-topic, but don't be hungry it may happen...

I am afraid the reason of (currently) -12 is because the command is a copy exact of eimantas' command (currently +2), did you see? it was written in 2009!

Comment by ztank1013 181 weeks and 5 days ago

it get's even more useful with plenty of them:

alias ..='cd ..' alias ...='cd ../..' alias ....='cd ../../..' alias .....='cd ../../../..'
Comment by titus 181 weeks and 1 day ago

Careful! If you are a user of FOR loops, you could shoot yourself in the foot here.

for I in {1..10} do; scp somefile.conf me@server$i; done
Comment by Karunamon 181 weeks and 1 day ago


'..' only works when it's at the start of command

Comment by kev 181 weeks ago

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