Create a directory and change into it at the same time

md () { mkdir -p "$@" && cd "$@"; }
How often do you make a directory (or series of directories) and then change into it to do whatever? 99% of the time that is what I do. This BASH function 'md' will make the directory path then immediately change to the new directory. By using the 'mkdir -p' switch, the intermediate directories are created as well if they do not exist.
Sample Output
abd-pb-2:bin md test
abd-pb-2:test md a/b/c/d/e
abd-pb-2:e 

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By: drewk
2009-09-24 16:09:19

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This command does not work if the directory has embedded space: mcd "foo bar" To fix: function md () { mkdir -p "$@" && cd "$@"; }
haivu · 455 weeks and 4 days ago
Thanks! you are correct and I fixed it...
drewk · 455 weeks and 4 days ago
I would remove the redundant and bash specific "function" keyword. I use this in my .bashrc which I've commented on here: http://www.pixelbeat.org/scripts/ls_color/
pixelbeat · 455 weeks and 3 days ago
Done! I usually like to use "function" because it aids interpreting what a function is. I don't have to notice the parens. But it is BASH specific... Liked your web site.
drewk · 455 weeks and 3 days ago
You may want to switch the second one to $_ instead of $@ md() { mkdir "$@" && cd "$_"; } That way if you want to add some options to mkdir, such as -p to make parents or -m to set mode, they'll get passed to mkdir without blowing up cd.
splante · 354 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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