Mac OS, as far as I can remember, used to start tabbed Terminal sessions and put you into the working directory of your last tab. New Terminal windows didn’t do this but recently new Terminal tabs stopped doing it too.
I got tired of renavigating to the paths in the projects I was working on and I didn’t want to launch a Terminal from within a Terminal so I came up with something else. I added a few lines to my
.bash_profile and now I have two new commands.
ccd copies your current directory to the clipboard, and
pcd pastes your clipboard into the
Now when I’m in a deep directory tree like this:
I can do this in the existing Terminal:
And this in the new Terminal:
And there you have it. Back into my beloved directory in no time. Here’s what I added to
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ccd alias just pipes
pbcopy, which is one of the best tools ever, so that it ends up in the clipboard.
pcd alias is a little more complex. If you try to do this without a bash function your alias will get evaluated as soon as your shell starts. This means that when you open your shell whatever is in your clipboard will be what
pcd tries to
cd to. Using a function we let it run
pbpaste when it is called so it always uses the up-to-date info.
Enjoy! Let me know if you find it useful!