Shell tip: change to a directory having very long name

Posted on in Categories Howto, Linux, Shell scripting, Tip of the day, Tips, UNIX last updated June 6, 2007

Let us say your have a long directory name called “A_VERY_ VERY LONG_ DIRECTORY_NAME_TO_ TYPE _ A _ B _C”…

So how do you change to a directory, which is having very long name without typing full name?

Simply use a wildcard character called * as follows
$ cd A_VERY_VERY*

Or type cd A_VERY and hit tab key to complete a directory name 🙂
$ cd A_VERY_VERY (hit tab key)

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

3 comment

  1. I recommend appending the last letter as well:

    $ cd A_VERY_VERY*C

    Better example:

    $ cd /usr/lib/fire*10/plugins

    or for total brevity:

    $ cd /us*/li*/fir*10/pl* gets you to same place

    namely /usr/lib/firefox-1.5.0.10/plugins

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