Cd is a command-line utility to change the working directory.

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Is `-` used only with cd?

cd - can switch between current dir and previous dir. It seems that I have seen - used as arguments to other commands before, though I don't remember if - means the same as with cd. I found that - ...
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Going into a directory linked by a link

When I cd a link, my current path is prefixed with the link's path, rather than the path of the directory the link links to. E.g. ~/dirlinks/maths$ ls -l logic lrwxrwxrwx 1 tim tim 71 Jul 27 10:24 ...
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How can I open a new terminal in the same directory of the last used one from a window manager keybind?

I'm using a tiling window manager and I switched from gnome-terminal with multiple tabs to multiple urxvt instances managed by the window manager. One of the features I miss is the ability to open a ...
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How do I dual-boot Kali Linux With ISO (no CD/USB/DVD)

I am trying to install Kali Linux 1.0.7 to my Windows 8.1 32-bit PC. I have the ISO, but I have no CD's, USB Sticks, or DVD in my home so I was wondering how can I install Kali Linux without ...
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Quick directory navigation in the terminal

I would like to frequently switch between directories that are in totally unrelated paths, for example /Project/Warnest/docs/ and ~/Dropbox/Projects/ds/test/. But I don't want to type cd ...
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chdir(<directory>) doesn't change directory after exiting to shell

I wanted to make a simple C program to change to my project directory. Its content is following: #include <unistd.h> int main(){ chdir("/home/enedil/projects/algo"); return 0; } I ...
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Gnome-terminal and Zsh: keep current directory on new tab/window

I'm running gnome 3.10.1 on Arch with Zsh. I'm facing that problem that when I create a new tab or window from a terminal window, it resets the current dir to my home dir. I've already tried this: ...
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How can I quickly return back to the last working directory? [duplicate]

All too often I find myself cycling between two directories to perform different tasks. The directories don't always have an easy-to-use relative path between them. As a result it is quite cumbersome ...
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Change directory based on a pipeline's output

I want to go to a directory with using filter For example there is a file named this-is-awsome ls | grep this-is-awsome | xargs cd How can I go to a directory with filter?
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How to differentiate USB flash drive and CD-ROM?

I want to differentiate an USB flash drive and a CD-ROM. My requirement is when I connect to a system only the CD-ROM should work, but not the USB key.
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Return to directory location prior to cd-ing to home directory

As is well known, cd without an argument changes one's current directory to their home directory. I am wondering if there is any way, after using the cd command like this, to return to the directory ...
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Getting capabilities of my CD/DVD drive when wodim --devices doesn't work

I used to be able to run either commands successfully on my Fedora 14 Thinkpad T410 laptop: $ wodim --scanbus $ wodim --devices However since upgrading to Fedora 19 this no longer seems to work and ...
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cd by just typing the directory's name?

I either had this somewhere 20 years ago or I dreamed about it. Basically: If if type blobblob I get blobblob: command not found Fair enough. I would like it so that when my shell gets those ...
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Command for creating a directory and navigating into it directly? [duplicate]

Quite often I need to perform this two commands: mkdir abc cd abc I am curious whether there is a simple command (or an alias that I can create and use) to do it in one go, like user@GROUP:~$ mdcd ...
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Why does “ls” require a separate process for executing?

Why does ls require a separate process for its execution? I know the reason why commands like cd can't be executed by forking mechanism but is there any harm if ls is executed without forking?
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Tmux config not retaining PWD on new-window or window split

So I'm trying to update my .tmux.conf file to reflect the change for -c in new-window. I've added this to my conf and it's not working unfortunately. My new windows and panes always start in ~/: # ...
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cd .. on root folder

Why cd .., typed at root folder, does not warn or fails with an error? I would expect: /$ cd .. -bash: cd: ..: No such file or directory Instead, I'm left at /. Of course, this is since .. does ...
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Why do I have to cd out of a deleted directory?

On my server I have a directory structure looking something like this: /myproject/code I normally have an ssh connection to the server and 'stand' in that directory: root@machine:/myproject/code# ...
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Combined `mkdir` and `cd`? [duplicate]

is there any way (what is the easiest way in bash) to combine the following: mkdir foo cd foo The manpage for mkdir does not describe anything like that, maybe there is a fancy version of mkdir? I ...
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How can I cd to the previous/next sibling directory?

I often have a project directory layout like this project `-- component-a | `-- files... `-- component-b | `-- files... `-- component-c `-- files... I'll usually be working in one of the ...
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Are All The Packages Included On The Debian DVD/CD Images Or Just The Most Popular?

My understanding is that Debian and all the software available in the matching online repo (eg: https://packages.debian.org/stable/allpackages) are released together on a series of disc images ...
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Simplified navigation in terminal

I know IDEs are the wave of the future, but I always find myself coding in vim in a Linux terminal. Old dog. New tricks. Anyway, navigation becomes challenging when dealing with long package names. ...
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Call vared and complete files from a different directory

I have the following zsh function which lets me edit symbolic links using the vared ZLE builtin. function lned { emulate zsh setopt err_return extended_glob local_options local_traps local -a ...
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where is `cd` located? [duplicate]

In a bash sub shell I get the following error when running cd sudo: cd: command not found This is expected because I don't have a path. Usually to work around this I just provide the full path like ...
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Beginner's question: Accessing network location on domain

I'm new to Linux so this might seem a little naive! So, my computer is connected to a university network, in the computer science department. This domain is called "cs". However, "cs" is a subdomain ...
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Why does Debian include “cdrom” in sources.list?

Here's my sources.list # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 7.0.0 _Wheezy_ - Official amd64 CD Binary-1 20130$ # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 7.0.0 _Wheezy_ - Official amd64 CD Binary-1 20130$ deb ...
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is it possibe to change parent shell's working directory programmatically?

I want to write some code to allow me switching to some directories that I usually go to. Say this program is mycd, and /a/very/long/path/name is the directory that I want to go to. So I can simply ...
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cd ${DIR_PATH} returns 'No such file or directory'

OS = MacOS 10.8.5/Darwin Kernel Version 12.5.0. In my .bash_profile I have: export DIR_PATH=~/concrete/path At the terminal >echo ${DIR_PATH} ~/concrete/path Also explicit cd works: ...
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cd two levels down from root

I'm a web developer (Drupal mainly). When I develop websites I do so within a /workspace folder. So I have folders like this. /workspace/project/ /workspace/project/sites/default/files/ ...
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Is CDPATH behavior broken in bourne shell (/bin/sh)

I have the following script: #!/bin/sh mkdir -p /tmp/test/foo cd /tmp/test unset CDPATH echo "TEST1: Current working directory: ${PWD}" echo "TEST1: attempting to 'cd foo'" cd foo echo "TEST1: ...
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Commands to read and eject CD?

My laptop is a Thinkpad T400 and the OS is Ubuntu 12.04. I find I have a problem where the CD-RW on my laptop sometimes doesn't read the CD, following some flashing light and sound, after I inserted ...
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Make a bootable CD without ISO file but from a CD

I have a Windows XP CD which I want to install on a USB Drive. However my own CD drive is broken. I have a friend's laptop on which Windows 7 is installed (and no idea if it has a CDROM of not). ...
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`cd` all screens to the PWD of the current screen

Suppose that I am running screen on a remote server with four open screens. Is there a quick way to cd all the screens to the working directory of the currently-open screen?
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Automatically detect when I typed “vi” but meant “cd”?

Title says it all. About 5 times a day, I type "vi" when I meant "cd", and end up opening a directory in vi. It's making me NUTS. It seems like there should be a way to detect when I type in "vi + ...
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Is it bad when dvdisaster says that some sectors of a dvd disc are unreadable?

I wanted to check if an image was successfully written to a DVD, so I checked the checksums: $ sha256sum debian-7.3.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso ...
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How to cd into a directory with the name “-”? [duplicate]

I tried to cd into a directory named - that I created for experimenting. I could not from Bash. How do I cd into it? With Nautilus on Ubuntu 13.10 I could easily do this, and even create files inside ...
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Which 2-letter POSIX command is different from all the others?

I was interviewed for an internship and I got the same question as this one: http://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/Which-2-letter-POSIX-command-is-different-from-all-the-others-QTN_498236.htm The ...
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Can't access the directory /etc/ppp/peers?

I want to read some configuration file. The problem is that I can't move in the folder peers and typing the command ls -l, I see this permission's record: drwxr-s--- root dip ... I never seen that ...
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How do I navigate to a CD drive?

I'm trying to install Virtualbox Guest Additions in Elementary OS. cd doesn't seem to work with cd VBOXADDITIONS_4.2.6_82870. Update: I did what @ivica recommended, and here's what I'm getting: I ...
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Test what cd has done ksh

I'm facing a small issue here. I'm doing : cd $(find . -type d | grep "${4:0:4}.*${4:4:2}.*${4:6:2}") $4 is a data entered from the user. However, if the user doesn't respect the format to enter, ...
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`cd` up the canonical path

Consider: $ pwd /home/user $ ls -l total 3604 lrwxrwxrwx 1 user user 19 Nov 27 12:11 pages -> /var/www/pages/ $ cd pages $ pwd /home/user/pages $ readlink -f . /var/www/pages $ cd .. $ readlink ...
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script to remember dir and always cd to it instead of the root dir

How can write a script to change to a given directory but also remember it so that when you do cd it always changes to that directory ? #!/bin/bash setdir() { cd $1 # remember the directory ...
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Changing the current directory using a script (ksh)

I'm launching my script from echo $PWD ---> /x. I want my script to change my current directory. So my script contains +- this : cd /y exit 0 However, when my script ends, I'm stils in echo $PWD ...
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Output of which command used for input to cd

I would like to take the output of a which command, and cd to the parent directory. For example, say I have the following: which someprogram With output: /home/me/somedirectory/someprogram And I ...
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How to cd open / autocomplete a folder that ends in a specific phrase

I have a folder with subfolders named like this: 1122334 important things 1122335 less important things 1122336 notes 1122337 pictures of kittens etc The numbers at the beginning are date codes. ...
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Full Linux distro under 50 MB for a business card CD

I need a full Linux distribution for a non-profit activist organisation that can fit on a business card CD. If that's not possible, there is a business card DVD option too with up to 400 MB capacity. ...
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Change directory without typing cd?

Is it possible to make bash change directory in command line simply by typing that directory without any commands like cd? For example is it possible instead of writing this: $ cd /tmp I just want ...
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gnome-terminal: keep track of directory in new tab

I'm on Arch linux, and when I open a new terminal tab, it always goes to $HOME. How can I make it so that when I open a new tab, it opens the shell in the directory I was in previously?
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How to create a short path?

We have so many useful folders, which are in different path, for our working in Linux. For example : $ cd ~/Documents/Courses/EDX/physics2013/ $ cd ~/Documents/Company/OpenGL/Proj/... $ cd ...
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Write a zsh method the responds to a `cd` command [duplicate]

I'm trying to write a script that will be called when navigating into certain directories. What I'd want is to have a message appear when I enter certain (not every) directories based on what it finds ...