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Having some problems googling this one because I'm not sure what the search term is. Shell scripting or terminal feature. What is the best way to streamline access to frequently used directories. Normally when I start a terminal it defaults to my home directory but sometimes I ike to open several terminal windows, the problem is I'm typing the cd /.../directory in each one multiple times and I need a way to not have to do this. What is the best way or just provide the search terms I could use to read about it online. Thank you

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create alias for each directory that you very often use. Also use cd - to go back to last directory that you accessed – Prince John Wesley Nov 10 '11 at 17:04
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Create a symbolic link in your home directory:

$ ln -s path/to/a/really/deeply/nested/director/my-project ~/my-project

$ cd ~/my-project
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Add a variable in your .bashrc:


to use:

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Set the CDPATH variable: it contains additional directories to be searched when you run cd.

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You could use a bookmarks for the shell, e.g.

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You can also take advantage of CDPATH variable.

And you could define a bash function in your $HOME/.bashrc like

 # in file ~/.bashrc
 function work() {
    cd $HOME/path/to/a/really/deeply/nested/director/my-project

And recent bash or even better zsh may permit you things like

 cd **/my-project

Assuming you have only one deeply nested my-project/ directory in all your tree hierarchy. The ** is doing the equivalent of a find so can be slow.

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Add an alias in your .bashrc

alias myproject="cd path/to/a/really/deeply/nested/director/my-project"

to use:

$ myproject
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You can also try autojump.

It is like cd command but with the ability to learn. It maintains a database of directories you visit and assign weight to each entry.

Later you can use j foo to jump to a directory that contains foo in its name. If more than few directories have foo, it will show you a list of matches from where you can select your desired directory.

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The author of CDPATH recommends to export CDPATH to the environment. Please keep in mind that there is a strong chance that this will subtly break shell scripts that expect directories to be in one specific place. A remedy is to put CDPATH into ~/.bashrc and not export it. Your ~/.bashrc would look like this:


Note that sourced shell scripts will still pick up CDPATH in this case. autojump is certainly a much safer alternative and more convenient to use than CDPATH.

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