Go to parent directory of filename edited in last command

cd !$:h
Uses the last argument of the last executed command, and gets the directory name from it. Use $!:t for the filename alone, without the dirname.
Sample Output
user@host:/home$ vim /path/to/file.txt
user@host:/home$ cd !$:h

By: lingo
2009-08-07 00:37:08

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No idea what I'd use it for offhand but it's short and ugly so what's not to love.
TheMightyBuzzard · 636 weeks and 3 days ago
@TheMightyBuzzard I mostly use it to avoid typing a long path twice in succession: cp foo /some/new/long/path/for/foo cd !$:h (do more stuff to foo)
fletch · 635 weeks and 2 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?

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