In Zsh, I have a key binding to go up by one directory (very useful):

# C-M-u: up-directory
up-directory() {
    builtin cd .. && zle reset-prompt
zle -N up-directory
bindkey '\e\C-u' up-directory

It's very nice. So nice that I would like to get it as well in my Bash config.

How can we do that?

PS- Transferred from https://stackoverflow.com/questions/61076286/key-binding-to-go-up-by-one-directory-in-bash


You can do that. It's not as elegant or straight forward as with zsh but it's doable in bash using bind.
You can not only bind built in Readline functions (listed with bind -l) but other macros and shell functions too.

bind -m emacs -x '"\C-u":"cd .."' will bind a shell command (cd ..) to the keys (Ctrl+u) in emacs mode (the default mode).

Note that your prompt will probably not reflect the change.
If you leave out -x the string will instead be typed out for you so "cd ..\n" achieves the same result.

  • The cd works, when this is bound to a free key binding. However, as the prompt is not refreshed, that's not really usable... Apr 8 '20 at 13:59
  • I prefer this intermediate solution, which is not a hack: bind '"\e\C-u": "cd ..\n"' Apr 9 '20 at 8:01

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