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Old 01-22-2019, 07:40 AM   #1
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Changing directories - any Shortcuts available?


Hello

Assuming I have two directory structures:
1. /one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight
2. /one/two/three/aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee

If my present working directory is eight and I want to go to directory eee. Then is there any other way to do this?

Code:
cd ../../../../../aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee
Is there any possibility of shortening the relative path pattern "../" which is 5 times? No absolute path though.

Thanks
 
Old 01-22-2019, 07:54 AM   #2
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Hello

Assuming I have two directory structures:
1. /one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight
2. /one/two/three/aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee

If my present working directory is eight and I want to go to directory eee. Then is there any other way to do this?

Code:
cd ../../../../../aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee
Is there any possibility of shortening the relative path pattern "../" which is 5 times? No absolute path though.

Thanks
Why can't you use the absolute path?
Code:
cd /one/two/three/aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee

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Old 01-22-2019, 08:07 AM   #3
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If you need to go to /one/two/three/aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee very often, you can create an alias:
Code:
alias cdeee='cd /one/two/three/aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee'
Next times you can simply type:
Code:
cdeee
 
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Old 01-22-2019, 08:12 AM   #4
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Why can't you use the absolute path?
Code:
cd /one/two/three/aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee
Yes, I can. But I'm curious in knowing is there another way to shortcut relative path. Like this one for renaming filenames.
 
Old 01-22-2019, 08:17 AM   #5
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Is there any possibility of shortening the relative path pattern "../" which is 5 times? No absolute path though.
I can't imagine a reason for not using absolute paths. Except perhaps an exam question.

You can set CDPATH to /one/two/three/aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd. Then, a simple cd eee does the trick. Or you set a symbolic link, or even a bind mount.
 
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:37 AM   #6
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You might like autojump.

Also available in many distros via package management

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Old 01-22-2019, 09:53 AM   #7
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You might like autojump.

Also available in many distros via package management
I was looking at CDPATH and alias as explained in this website, but this looks interesting.

Thanks.
 
Old 01-22-2019, 10:00 AM   #8
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Is there any possibility of shortening the relative path pattern "../" which is 5 times?
You already got pointed to the CDPATH variable, in which you can specify directories to look in for the cd command. I use
Code:
.:~:..:../..:../../..:../../../..:../../../../..:/mnt
which will look in current and 5 directories up (plus my home and /mnt for USB sticks),
but maybe something like wcd (a Norton CD fork) waterlan.home.xs4all.nl/ is something for you? It works by creating a database of your directories and then allowing short versions of their names to cd to them.
 
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:19 AM   #9
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You already got pointed to the CDPATH variable, in which you can specify directories to look in for the cd command. I use
Code:
.:~:..:../..:../../..:../../../..:../../../../..:/mnt
which will look in current and 5 directories up (plus my home and /mnt for USB sticks),
but maybe something like wcd (a Norton CD fork) waterlan.home.xs4all.nl/ is something for you? It works by creating a database of your directories and then allowing short versions of their names to cd to them.
Thanks. But how to use it. I'm confused.
Code:
$ mkdir -p one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight
$ mkdir -p one/two/three/aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee
$ export CDPATH=.:~:..:../..:../../..:../../../..:../../../../..
$ cd one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight

$ pwd
/home/alex/one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight

$ cd ../eee
-bash: cd: ../eee: No such file or directory

$ cd eee
-bash: cd: eee: No such file or directory

$ cd ddd
-bash: cd: ddd: No such file or directory

$ cd ..eee
-bash: cd: ..eee: No such file or directory

$ cd .eee
-bash: cd: .eee: No such file or directory
How to use this?
 
Old 01-22-2019, 10:31 AM   #10
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^ Configured like that, I think only the following should work in your situation (from pwd=/home/alex/one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight):
Code:
cd aaa
Right?

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Old 01-22-2019, 10:39 AM   #11
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^ Configured like that, I think only the following should work in your situation (from pwd=/home/alex/one/two/three/four/five/six/seven/eight):
Code:
cd aaa
Right?
Oh! Now I understand, I need to add some more '../'s.

Thanks. Working great.
 
Old 01-22-2019, 10:48 AM   #12
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^ Yes, so for your specific need, you will have to do:
Code:
cd aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee
Here, the benefit is so-so compared to:
Code:
cd /one/two/three/aaa/bbb/ccc/ddd/eee

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