Fast command-line directory browsing

function cdls { cd $1; ls; }
After typing cd directory [enter] ls [enter] so many times, I figured I'd try to make it into a function. I was surprised how smoothly I was able to integrate it into my work on the command line. Just use cdls as you would cd. It will automatically list the directory contents after you cd into the directory. To make the command always available, add it to your .bashrc file. Not quite monumental, but still pretty convenient.
Sample Output
~$ cdls Examples
case_Contact.pdf                kubuntu-leaflet.png
case_howard_county_library.pdf  logos
case_KRUU.pdf                   oo-about-these-files.odt
case_OaklandUniversity.pdf      oo-about-ubuntu-ru.rtf
case_oxford_archaeology.pdf     oo-derivatives.doc
case_Skegness.pdf               oo-maxwell.odt
case_ubuntu_johnhopkins_v2.pdf  oo-payment-schedule.ods
case_ubuntu_locatrix_v1.pdf     oo-presenting-kubuntu.odp
case_Wellcome.pdf               oo-presenting-ubuntu.odp
Experience ubuntu.ogg           oo-trig.xls
fables_01_01_aesop.spx          oo-welcome.odt
gimp-ubuntu-splash.xcf          ubuntu Sax.ogg

By: joem86
2009-03-10 19:13:47

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What Others Think

Wow, I didn't see that before. Well done. In my case though, I might want to cd into /usr/lib without listing all the directory contents and dominating my terminal window.
joem86 · 671 weeks and 2 days ago
works on cygwin, aix 5.3 and solaris 5.9 - tx
zwergnase · 671 weeks and 2 days ago
I am new to this I will sure test it out ASAP. Thanx.
Sonny · 671 weeks and 2 days ago
cd $1; ls
jnash · 668 weeks and 6 days ago
I just came up with the same :-) function cdl(){ cd $1; ls -laF; }
westonruter · 471 weeks and 1 day ago
seofox · 9 weeks ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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