Go to the next sibling directory in alphabetical order

for d in `find .. -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -type d | sort`; do if [[ `basename $d` > `basename $PWD` ]]; then cd $d; break; fi; done
Sometimes you have to browse your way through a lot of sub-directories. This command cd to the next sub-directory in alphabetical order. For example, if you have the directories "lectures/01-intro", "lectures/02-basic", "lectures/03-advanced" and so on, and your PWD is "02-basic", it jumps to "03-advanced".

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By: gwiener
2009-05-16 17:33:34
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flatcap · 593 weeks ago
This isn't working for me. Can anyone tell me why? I'm using bash on both CygWin and Ubuntu. It doesn't work in either place.
xizdaqrian · 593 weeks ago
Okay, got it now. The done is missing from the end of the command sequence. "...fi; done" should be on the end.
xizdaqrian · 593 weeks ago
about half the characters: cd ../"$(ls -AF ..|grep '/'|grep -A1 `basename $PWD`|tail -n 1)" my ls(1) at least says its already sorted alphabetically if no flags are given and since files can't have '/' in their names...
linkinpark342 · 593 weeks ago
ls -v or sort -v would be appropriated here.
log0 · 593 weeks ago
xizdaqrian - Thanks, I added the "done". linkinpark342 - I like your solution! Do you mind if I'll post updated commands later? It should work for "prev" as well.
gwiener · 593 weeks ago
gwiener, go for it. previous directory would just change the -A1 to -B1 and the tail to head. cd ../"$(ls -AF ..|grep '/'|grep -B1 `basename $PWD`|head -n 1)"
linkinpark342 · 592 weeks and 6 days ago
If you don't add -v to ls (or sort) you will have the following probleme. file100.tex will be listed before file30.tex. http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/manual/html_node/More-details-about-version-sort.html
log0 · 592 weeks and 6 days ago
Hi guys, I propose this one : cd $(printf '%s\n' ../*/ | awk '/'"${PWD##*/}"'/{getline;print;}') ;)
sputnick · 591 weeks and 1 day ago

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