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If I can quickly change directories (
cd) to anywhere in my computer’s file system, how can I go back if I mistakenly navigate away from somewhere I was working?
Turns out that Bash (and Zsh) allow a quick return by using
$ cd -.
According to this response on StackOverflow, this works within Bash by calling
This means that in Bash you can manually affect the results, however Zsh does not work that way:
$ printenv | grep OLD OLDPWD=/Users/stephen/_coding/personal/onething $ goHome $ printenv | grep OLD OLDPWD=/Users/stephen/_coding/personal/blog $ cd - ~/_coding/personal/blog $ printenv | grep OLD OLDPWD=/Users/stephen $ export OLDPWD=/Users/stephen/_coding/personal/blog $ printenv | grep OLD OLDPWD=/Users/stephen/_coding/personal/blog $ cd - ~ $ cd - ~/_coding/personal/blog
Oh well, so I can’t overwrite. I can still quickly navigate back to the directory I was in if I mistakenly navigate away, which is really all I wanted in the first place.
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