Change to $HOME - zsh, bash4

To change to $HOME in that manner you need to set a shell option. In zsh it is auto_cd, hence setopt -o auto_cd in bash4 it is autocd, hence shopt -s autocd What the option does is allow you to cd to a directory by just entering its name. This also works if the directory name is stored in a variable: www=/var/www/lighttpd; $www sends you to /var/www/lighttpd. CAUTION: If a command or function name identical to the directory name exists it takes precedence.

By: penpen
2009-07-24 10:43:53

What Others Think

Holy crap. Nice! I've read the bash manual more times that I care to admit, but I'd missed that one. However, I'll still find it easier to type cd than find the fiddly ~ button :-)
flatcap · 633 weeks and 6 days ago
"$OLDPWD" does the same as "cd -", using that. However, just "-" does not take you back to the previous directory as in "cd -". But it's still very useful.
Patola · 633 weeks and 5 days ago
just "cd" does the same. takes you home wherever you are.
Bender · 633 weeks and 4 days 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? 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.


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: