In bash, I can use tab-completion to move one directory up and descend down again another path. For example, suppose I'm in $HOME/folder1, and I want to cd to $HOME/folder2. $HOME only has the two child directories folder1 and folder2.

In bash, I could just type

cd ..[TAB]f[TAB]2

and would end up in $HOME/folder2. In my fresh zsh installation, pressing cd ..[TAB] produces a list of those child directories of $HOME/folder1 which have two . in their name.

Is there a simple way to get the behaviour I'm used to? Or is there something even easier to achieve what I want in zsh?

  • Yeah, (re)learn to hit / (slash) instead of TAB for a directory delimiter. You've already typed .. the / is right next to . on every keyboard I've seen.
    – Ricky
    Feb 7, 2014 at 18:23
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    Down voting a new user with an honest question isn't cool. No reason for that! I see that he tried explaining the best he could.
    – Jeight
    Feb 7, 2014 at 19:18
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    @RickyBeam You should take a look at non-english keyboards then ;) I'm using a German keyboard, and there the / is very inconveniently located at SHIFT+7.
    – andreas-h
    Feb 7, 2014 at 19:32
  • I have a UK and Korean(?) keyboard, and they both use a standard QWERTY layout. DEC and SUN keyboards can be a little weird, but I don't have them at hand. I'd reprogram my keyboard if I had to hit shift-7 to get a slash.
    – Ricky
    Feb 7, 2014 at 19:53

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Add this to your .zshrc and ..[TAB] will complete to ../ as per bash.

zstyle ':completion:*' special-dirs true

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