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How to show path after cd command with CDPATH set?

I came across this question and showing the current path after cd is exactly what I'm looking for. However, I can't manage to get this behavior. What I've tried is this: export CDPATH='.:/home/...
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bash cd issue with path containing spaces: "too many arguments" [closed]

I created a path with spaces, and when I try to change directory I get "too many arguments" error message despite escaping the spaces or quoting the path : Here are the tests I made : # ...
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How to change directory in shell script running in zsh shell

I am working on a shell script (shell used, its version and OS are below). The script runs commands in a local git repository/directory with has several tags. The script outputs some string from ...
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How do I make WSL2's cd command accept windows paths?

I'm a WSL convert, coming from cygwin. One of the neat things cygwin does is accept unix and Windows file paths in the cd command. Of course, most Windows paths contain \, which is a special character ...
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How can I signal/force the parent shell to change directory? [duplicate]

I have this command called reclone, and this is my script: . load sudo -v extract sudo rm -rf /$organization/$repository cd /$organization git clone --depth 1 [email protected]:$organization/$...
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What is the difference between `cd ..`, `cd .`, and `cd ...`? What can they do respectively?

I'm a beginner to learn system program. I googled for the uses of cd .., cd ., and cd ..., but it turns out that what I only know is that cd .. means to move back one dir. I tried them in my terminal ...
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how to get file path without the filename itself

im trying to find my .csv files then cd into their directory: find Documents/notes -type f -name "*.csv" | head -1 | xsel -b this copies the first file dir into my clipboard and i'd like to ...
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cd command only working when I put the slash after the directory name

I am new to Linux and working through Dion's course for Linux+. I'm currently on Permissions and Sticky Bits, and have run into an issue I can't figure out. The assignment asks to create a directory ...
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`cd` in script refuses to actually cd, shows no error [duplicate]

I'm running a script which, when accepting a specific argument, should change the running directory. However, despite showing no error at all (and the directory being accessible with regular cd), the ...
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How to explain a weird cd behavior on macOS?

My system is macOS 13.2.1, the shell is oh-my-zsh (same behavior on bash). I found a weird behavior on cd command. It changes the current directory to a wrong one. This is not caused by the soft link, ...
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hello I am very confused what does cd-- do?

I typed cd -- into my linux terminal and it took me to a directory I don't recognize. Where does cd -- take you? Is it your root directory?
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What does "resolve symlink" mean?

Im confused about this bash option: -P If set, do not resolve symbolic links when performing commands such as cd which change the current directory. The physical directory is used instead. By default,...
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sudoers syntax error near line 1 while adding cmnd alias

I am attempting to modify the sudoers files located within the sudoers.d directory to allow a group named "swts" to perform a cp and chown as part of an automation job. To accomplish this, I ...
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How to get the cd shell-builtin to stop guessing?

For example: $ ls -aF ./ ../ bin/ $ cd tin # with a tee, not bee bin $ pwd /home/user/bin In other words, cd guesses that what I really meant was cd bin, and successfully (huh?) changes the current ...
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How to change to a directory with a leading - [duplicate]

I don't know why someone would make a directory with a leading hyphen, e.g. named "-1". When I try to change to that directory, it says invalid option. I tried putting "-1" in ...
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ZSH -- cd into directory without full path name

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/25802017/bash-shell-search-for-subfolder-in-current-dir-and-cd-into-it would like to implement this, as I don't want to tabcomplete. when I type the command: cd `...
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Change to a new directory in Linux, while remembering the current, and cd back to it

The pushd and popd are very useful and often needed when working on the command line, but I'm not enjoying them to the extent they can. It is subjective but I find the naming of the pair to be ...
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Automatically list the contents of a directory when i cd into it only if it's a sub-directory of $HOME

From a reddit thread I found this short snippet you can add to your .bashrc that automatically shows the list of contents of a dir you've cd'd into: cd() { builtin cd "$@" && ls }...
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Why shouldn't a user cd to a directory using absolute path without rx to all its ancestors?

On Windows, it seems that if the user has read/write permission to the lev5 directory, but no permission at all for all its ancestors, cd c:\lev1\lev2\lev3\lev4\lev5 still works. On Linux, even if I ...
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No such file using thunar

This is really frustrating. The directory exists. andy@7 /media/andy/5b4b2ae5-9aaa-4559-9f41-afb313998c75/home/andy/bin> How do I fix this? cd: /media/andy/5b4b2ae5-9aaa-4559-9f41-afb313998c75/...
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Re-cd into current directory

I am in a directory which is a symlink me@hostname:/home/me$ ls -al the_link -> actual_a actual_a actual_b actual_c me@hostname:/home/me$ cd the_link me@hostname:/home/me/the_link$ Now while I've ...
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Xterm cd command not working in launch option

When I launch xterm with the following command: xterm -e 'cd ~' -hold A new xterm window pops up saying: xterm: Can't execvp cd ~: No such file or directory After which the xterm window is still in my ...
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Safe place to `cd`?

Perhaps a pedantic question, but is there a convention on where to cd if I want to move the current directory to somewhere else. (It can't be moved while being inside it) I guess / (root) would do as ...
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"cd" in a function works, except when it doesn't

The first thing I do after cd'ing to a directory is to use "ls", as I imagine is the case for a lot of people. So I decided to define a function in my .bashrc to do both together. This is ...
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"xargs" not sending argument to "cd" via stdio

I am seeing "xargs" behaviour that seems to be quite unexpected, in my experience. I use "ls" to find a matching folder name and sending it to "cd" using "xargs&...
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Use the parent directory from the symlink instead of where the directory actually resides on the filesystem

So let's set up the context. Two paths: /some/very/convoluted/path/name/the-wanted-directory /myhome I create a symbolic link in /myhome and then cd into it: /myhome $ ln -s /some/very/convoluted/path/...
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What does 'cd ../..' mean in linux?

I am aware that cd is used to navigate between files in linux commandline. However, I am not sure what the following, that I came across while trying to replicate something, means: cd ../.. It was ...
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Use parent directory base name for making a new directories in a for loop

I am attempting to use a for loop to move files (e.g. .txt) into a new directory, where the original directory name as part of the name, but add an extra "with-new-files" onto the name so I ...
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ls displays no files even though folder contains files

This question is actually derived from a problem I have with a python library which deletes a file tree and then recreates the content, but on attempt of execution of a file inside the directory, the ...
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Is there a way to quickly change dir to one from where one of the jobs is running?

The output of jobs looks something like this [1] Stopped TERM=xterm-256color vim --servername vim ~/.gitconfig [2]- Stopped TERM=xterm-256color vim --servername vim ~...
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How to define a new command that is a wrapper of an existing command and accepts all original flags?

What I want to do is to make a command that prints some related info if the command is successful. As an example, if I define an alias as alias cd='cd /path/to/destination/ && echo "...
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Can't find /etc/passwd [closed]

For some reason, every time I need to go to passwd or even shadow, It does not allow me. For example: cd /etc/passwd Output: cd: not a directory: /etc/passwd Same thing with shadow. Because of this, ...
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how to cd into previous directory

I am using Ubuntu and sometimes when I use cd - I don't go into the previous directory. And every time I get the directory which it cded to. example:- $cd - /home/[usrname]/Downloads $cd - /home/[...
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cd command to a variable containing a path with spaces gives different output than actually giving the path as an input [duplicate]

I have a directory named "test 1" and I create a variable dest="test\ 1" I want to navigate to the directory using the cd command, so I type cd $dest which gives the output as -...
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What is the zsh equivalent of "pushd -n" in bash?

I want to push a directory onto the directory stack in order to refer to it using "tilde shorthand" (eg. ~1 refers to the second entry in the directory list), but I don't want to actually ...
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Permissions denied in Kali Linux

I cannot get into /root and even when i use "sudo ls /root" it asks me for the password then nothing happens. Im new to linux and when I was testing out Kali linux i tried using permission ...
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Changing directory with if else condition

Below is a small extract of my code for you to have a better visibilty on my problem. As each file in the directory enters the loop, the value of em is extracted from the filename and compared with ...
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Sourcing a script to change pwd, ignore piping at end of command?

I have a little script I wrote that lets me change to the directory of a script that's on the path, which helps me quickly get to other scripts I tend to want to edit, in the same folder as the ...
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why couldnt I cd /etc/group but return not a directory in ubuntu?

I switch user to root used su. but i still couldnt cd /etc/group but the group folder is in my /etc folder. root@Desktop:/etc# cd group bash: cd: group: Not a directory
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How to use substitute with cd command in Linux

We recently migrated from HP-UX B.11.31 to Linux 3.10.0-1160.15.2.el7.x86_64. I am trying to achieve the below (which worked in the earlier HP-UX system): $ pwd /global/app/opt/prod/ee/01/custo/src/ $ ...
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How to tell 'find' command to jump to a position and search? [duplicate]

I'm preparing headers for a C++ project and I decided to use find to get include option to other header files. To list the right path, I need to use cd with it, like: cd 'PATH/TO/HEADER/FILE' find ../....
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bash: run command from script, but affect the shell where it´s called from

There is a script that should change the path of the shell where it was run from. I used this code: #!/bin/bash TTY=$(tty) echo -e "cd /tmp/ \r" > $TTY exit But that does not work. Is ...
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The cd command on macOS performs an ls after dc. Why?

On MacOS terminal with bash, I get an ls after a cd. When the directory contains many files, I can't see the effect of the cd since it scrolls away due to the ls. This is what I see $ which cd cd is a ...
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in what language is bashrc written

I came across a cool way to go up more than 1 directory level by adding a function to the .bashrc file. It is done by just opening the .bashrc file and inserting the function: #user defined functions ...
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Why do I have to use this command twice to execute it?

I made an alias alias goto="cd $@ && source ~/.zshrc" and it works, but only if I execute it twice. Even after I execute it twice in one shell, and if I want to move to another dir, ...
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Are there any caveats in using shopt -s autocd?

I have recently discovered the feature shopt -s autocd: autocd If set, a command name that is the name of a directory is executed as if it were the ...
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Why do I get an error when using cd as env's utility argument? [duplicate]

I'm studying the env command and trying to understand how it works. Here's the command synopsis: env [-iv] [-P altpath] [-S string] [-u name] [name=value ...] [utility [argument ...]] I decided to ...
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change directory based on file shell script

Firstly come background I am trying to write an executable shell script I can easily map as the default for .tgz files to auto-extract. so far so simple tar -xzvf $1 which works to drag/drop but not ...
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is there a way to cd into a directory based on the last characters?

I have directories that begin with 164 but they differ based on the last few digits. I would like to cd into a directory based on the last few digits if not the last digit itself, say 9 vs 8. The ...
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How to get recent places in terminal/shell?

Is there any way to get a list of the most recent 'places' (directories) that have been navigated in terminal (osx)? I mean, I'd like to open my terminal, type some command, get the last 2 or 3 places ...
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