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".

By: gwiener
2009-05-16 17:33:34

3 Alternatives + Submit Alt

What Others Think

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

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?

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands

Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: