A shell utility to quickly navigate to aliased directories supporting auto-completion 🐧
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goto

A shell utility allowing users to navigate to aliased directories supporting auto-completion 🐾

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How does it work?

User registers directory aliases, for example:

goto -r dev /home/iridakos/development

and then cds to that directory with:

goto dev

goto demo gif

goto completion

goto comes with a nice auto-completion script so that whenever you press the tab key after the goto command, bash or zsh prompts with suggestions of the available aliases:

$ goto <tab>
bc /etc/bash_completion.d                     
dev /home/iridakos/development
rubies /home/iridakos/.rvm/rubies

Installation

Via script

Clone the repository and run the install script as super user or root:

git clone https://github.com/iridakos/goto.git
cd goto
sudo ./install

Manually

Copy the file goto.sh somewhere in your filesystem and add a line in your .zshrc or .bashrc to source it.

For example, if you placed the file in your home folder, all you have to do is add the following line to your .zshrc or .bashrc file:

source ~/goto.sh

macOS - Homebrew

A formula named goto is available for the bash shell in macOS.

brew install goto

Note:

  • you need to restart your shell after installation
  • you need to have the bash completion feature enabled for bash in macOS (see this issue):
    • you can install it with brew install bash-completion in case you don't have it already

Usage

Change to an aliased directory

To change to an aliased directory, type:

goto <alias>

Example:

goto dev

Register an alias

To register a directory alias, type:

goto -r <alias> <directory>

or

goto --register <alias> <directory>

Example:

goto -r blog /mnt/external/projects/html/blog

or

goto --register blog /mnt/external/projects/html/blog

Notes

  • goto expands the directories hence you can easily alias your current directory with:
goto -r last_release .

and it will automatically be aliased to the whole path.

  • Pressing the tab key after the alias name, you have the default directory suggestions by the shell.

Unregister an alias

To unregister an alias, use:

goto -u <alias>

or

goto --unregister <alias>

Example

goto -u last_release

or

goto --unregister last_release

Notes

Pressing the tab key after the command (-u or --unregister), the completion script will prompt you with the list of registered aliases for your convenience.

List aliases

To get the list of your currently registered aliases, use:

goto -l

or

goto --list

Expand an alias

To expand an alias to its value, use:

goto -x <alias>

or

goto --expand <alias>

Example

goto -x last_release

or

goto --expand last_release

Cleanup

To cleanup the aliases from directories that are no longer accessible in your filesystem, use:

goto -c

or

goto --cleanup

Help

To view the tool's help information, use:

goto -h

or

goto --help

Version

To view the tool's version, use:

goto -v

or

goto --version

Extras

Push before changing directories

To first push the current directory onto the directory stack before changing directories, type:

goto -p <alias>

or

goto --push <alias>

Revert to a pushed directory

To return to a pushed directory, type:

goto -o

or

goto --pop

Notes

This command is equivalent to popd, but within the goto command.

Troubleshooting

zsh

command not found: compdef

In case you get such an error, you need to load the bashcompinit. Append this to your .zshrc file:

autoload bashcompinit
bashcompinit

TODO

  • Test on macOS extensively
  • Write tests

Contributing

  1. Fork it ( https://github.com/iridakos/goto/fork )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Make sure that the script does not have errors or warning on ShellCheck
  6. Create a new Pull Request

License

This tool is open source under the MIT License terms.