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Utilities to let you easily reach frequently visited but deeply nested directories.
# Utilities for quickly accessing frequently used directories in bash.
# Usage:
# $ cd /path/to/project/src/
# $ mark code # Will create a new shortcut.
# # Becomes interactive if a shortcut already exists
# # m is an alias for mark. You can also `m code`
#
# $ code # From now on, running this anywhere in the shell
# # will put you in /path/to/project/src/code
#
# $ unmark code # Will remove the symlink and is interactive
# # u is an alias for unmark. You can also `u code`
SHELLMARKSDIR="$HOME/.shellmarks"
mkdir -p $SHELLMARKSDIR
function mark_alias { alias $(basename $1)="cd -P $1"; }
function mark { # Mark a directory
symlink=$SHELLMARKSDIR/$1
ln -ivns "$(pwd)" $symlink && mark_alias $symlink
}
alias m=mark
function unmark { # Remove a mark
symlink=$SHELLMARKSDIR/$1
rm -iv $symlink
if [ ! -f $symlink ]; then
unalias $1
fi
}
alias u=unmark
function shellmarks { # List all existing marks
LINK_COLOR=$'\e[1;35m'
RESET_COLOR=$'\e[0m'
for symlink in $SHELLMARKSDIR/*; do
test -L $symlink && echo "${LINK_COLOR} $(basename $symlink) ${RESET_COLOR} -> $(readlink $symlink)"
done
}
for symlink in $SHELLMARKSDIR/*; do # load all existing symlinks as aliases
mark_alias $symlink
test -L $symlink && ( test -e $(readlink $symlink) || rm $symlink ) # remove symlinks if source does not exist
done
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commented Jan 12, 2014

Awesome!

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commented Jan 12, 2014

There's a utility called autojump which has completely replaced cd for me:

https://github.com/joelthelion/autojump

No need to mark folders. As soon as you've visited one it's in the database and can be jumped to (including tab completion from anywhere).

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commented Jan 13, 2014

There is also a utility called z which replaced both cd and autojump for me:

https://github.com/rupa/z

DESCRIPTION
       Tracks your most used directories, based on 'frecency'.

       After  a  short  learning  phase, z will take you to the most 'frecent'
       directory that matches ALL of the regexes given on the command line.
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commented Jul 11, 2014

There's a utility called fasd that provides a superset of both z and autojump functionality:

https://github.com/clvv/fasd

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