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After I do

$ which play
$ /Users/username/local/play/play

Is there a way that I can access the shown directory quickly without manually typing the directory by hand? Just curious :)

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cd $(dirname $(which play))

Or, immediately after running which play, you can do:

cd $(dirname $(!!))
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Just to clarify, !! does not print the output of the previous command, but actually reruns the previous command. So if you try this trick for a command with side effects or non-constant behavior, you might get unexpected results – Lorkenpeist Jun 4 '13 at 0:30

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