I use zsh as my primary shell and have Oh My Zsh which has lot of helpful plugins, themes and functions which make using the terminal easy. One neat command/alias I found out was when I typed
d by mistake.
I got back a listing of all my previously visited directories.
0 ~/Projects/foo 1 ~/Projects/foo/bar/baz 2 ~/Projects/foo/bar 3 ~/Projects/foo/baz 4 ~/Projects/foo/baz/baz 5 ~/Projects/foo/spam 6 ~/Projects 7 ~ 8 ~/Projects/eggs 9 ~/Projects/foo/eggs
And I typed a number and was magically transported to that directory.
But it is all magic only till the trick is exposed, right? All I had to do was do a little bit of googling to find that the
d alias was powered by a built-in command called
Looking at the the source code of the directories.sh plugin, I also learnt another neat trick.
I have always known that typing
cd - would swap me between the previous directory and the current directory. Seems like the innocuous
cd command has more options. You can type
cd -2 or
cd -3 and so on to jump to the 2nd/3rd previously visited directory. Now machines I don’t have zsh installed, instead of
popd, I can easily do a
Zsh/oh-my-zsh makes it all so easy. You should also try it instead of the old bash.