Even though my development folders are well organized, I still have to feel my way around the filesystem when I'm looking for a project directory. It's like trying to find a lightswitch in a dark room: a
cd here, an
ls there, maybe a
find when I'm stuck.
I always get to where I want to go, but not without some frustration along the way. Plus, all the seconds spent navigating directories starts to add up.
Wait a minute. I use bookmarks in my browser, so why am I not using them in my shell?
A quick Google search led me to Bashmarks. Absolute game changer. I can move around the filesystem with ease.
Feel a bit like Dr. Who.
In this Quick Hit, we will explore Bashmarks, walk through the installation process, and get a feel of the most commonly used commands.
It supports tab completion (!!!) and has a very simple interface with only 5 commands to memorize.
Download the files into a temporary directory and install using GNU make:
mkdir temp && cd temp git clone git://github.com/huyng/bashmarks.git cd bashmarks make install echo "source ~/.local/bin/bashmarks.sh" >> ~/.bash_profile source ~/.bash_profile
And we're good to go!
s <bookmark_name> - Saves the current directory as "bookmark_name" g <bookmark_name> - Goes (cd) to the directory associated with "bookmark_name" p <bookmark_name> - Prints the directory associated with "bookmark_name" d <bookmark_name> - Deletes the bookmark l - Lists all available bookmarks
We can save bookmarks using the
s [bookmark_name] command:
List all bashmarks with
Navigate to project directory using
Bashmarks is a tool that increases developer productivity.
Do you have an interesting terminal workflow or trick to share? Please comment below!