One of the most used shell commands is cd. A quick survey among my friends revealed that between 10 and 20% of all commands they type are actually cd commands! Unfortunately, jumping from one part of your system to another with cd requires to enter almost the full path, which isn't very practical and requires a lot of keystrokes.
autojump is a faster way to navigate your filesystem. It works by maintaining a database of the directories you use the most from the command line. The jumpstat command shows you the current contents of the database. You need to work a little bit before the database becomes useable. Once your database is reasonably complete, you can "jump" to a directory by typing:
where dirspec is a few characters of the directory you want to jump to. It will jump to the most used directory whose name matches the pattern given in dirspec.
Autojump supports tab completion. Try it!
Pierre Gueth contributed a very nice applet for freedesktop desktops (Gnome/KDE/...). It is called "jumpapplet", try it!
Thanks to Simon Marache-Francisco's outstanding work, autojump now works perfectly with zsh.
could jump to /home/gwb/my mp3 collection, if that is the directory in which you keep your mp3s.
will print out something in the lines of:
... 54.5: /home/shared/musique 60.0: /home/joel/workspace/coolstuff/glandu 83.0: /home/joel/workspace/abs_user/autojump 96.9: /home/joel/workspace/autojump 141.8: /home/joel/workspace/vv 161.7: /home/joel Total key weight: 1077
The "key weight" reflects the amount of time you spend in a directory.
Joel Schaerer (joel.schaerer (at) laposte.net) Autojump applet written by Pierre Gueth Zsh support: Simon Marache-Francisco Install script written by Daniel Jackoway and others.
autojump is distributed under the terms of the GPL, version 3.
depending on your shell. Enter your root password if it asks.
Add the line:
to ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc if it isn't already there.
If the script fails, you may need to do:
chmod +x install.(z)sh
before the first step.
Manual installation of autojump is very simple: copy
- autojump to /usr/bin,
- autojump.sh to /etc/profile.d,
- autojump.1 to /usr/share/man/man1.
Make sure to source /etc/profile in your .bashrc or .zshrc
For now gcarrier and I have packaged autojump for Arch Linux. It is available in [community]. To install, type:
pacman -S autojump
I would be very interested by packages for other distros. If you think you can help me with the packaging, please contact me!