z <substring of folder name> instead of
Typing Long Paths is Tedious
There’s lots of times per day where I have to switch between various folders in the terminal, and they’re often deep inside different trees with very long paths.
For instance, if I’m currently in
~/vhosts/localhost/wordcamp.test/public_html/wp-content/mu-plugins/blocks/source/blocks/schedule, it’s a pain to type
cd ../../../../plugins/gutenberg (including manually counting the number of folders to jump back). I could type the full path to avoid that counting, but that would also be very long. Tab completion helps a bit, but not nearly enough.
z Makes it Easy
z makes that it so that I can just type
z camp gut, or
z camp sched, or any substring or regex that matches the unique path.
It Also Supports Tab Completion
It also supports tab completion to disambiguate between folders with the same name within different trees. Say I have
~/vhosts/localhost/wp-develop.test/public_html/src/wp-content/plugins/gutenberg; if I type
z gut, I’ll get this output:
> z gut gutenberg/ gutenberg/ > z /Users/iandunn/vhosts/localhost/w
The second line is a new
z command with the path for the 2 matches, up until the point where the paths diverge. If I then type
p<tab><enter>, it’ll take me to the
gutenberg folder within
wp-develop.test, instead of the one inside
wordcamp.test. If I type
c<tab><enter>, then it’d take me to the one inside