Where was I?

UNIX® shells maintain the previous working directory in the variable OLDPWD, so it is easy to jump back to where you were previously dwelling:


This is a bit cumbersome to type, so this shortcut is provided:

cd -

(My then-classmate Carlos told me about this back in ’98).

Recently I learned that for commands other than cd, which is internal to the shell, ksh and bash provide a tilde expansion for this OLDPWD var, i.e.: ~-

$ cd /srv/media/doc/science/cs/biblia/oreilly/lang/perl
$ ls mastering*
$ cd /this/other/place
$ cp -a ~-/mastering_perl.pdf .    # et voilà !
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pancho horrillo
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