Often when administering a Linux server, you move around between the same few directories. You
cd here, you
cd there, and then you
cd back here. Instead of
cd‘ing so much, Linux has 3 powerful commands that can help you:
How do these commands work? Linux maintains the concept of a stack of directories, at all times.
dirs controls this stack.
- To view the stack, type
pushd dirnamechanges directory to
dirname, and pushes it onto the head of the stack
popdchanges directory to the directory at the head of the stack, and pops it off
Here’s an example of how I use
dirs in Ruby on Rails:
$ pwd ~/myapp $ pushd ./config ~/myapp/config ~/myapp $ pwd ~/myapp/config $ vim ./database.yml $ popd ~/myapp $ pwd ~/myapp
In this example, I started out in my main Ruby on Rails directory. I
pushd. Then I edited the
database.yml file. Finally, I
cd’d back to my main Ruby on Rails directory using
Finally, although I did not demonstrate it in this example, you can
popd many levels deep – the stack is not limited to 1 directory.