rupa/z is an amazing shell script that allows users to traverse a filesystem in no time flat. Use it if you spend any time at all changing directories in a *nix environment. It will improve productivity and spare fat fingers quite a bit of backpedaling.
z can be installed by curling the script, making it available in path and sourcing it, e.g.
cd /usr/local/bin && \ curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rupa/z/master/z.sh && \ chmod 775 z.sh && \ . /usr/local/bin/z.sh
$HOME/.zshrcso z is available each time the terminal emulator is opened.
Try it out by changing to a few of your most commonly used directories and then issuing the z command, e.g.
cd /usr/share/nginx/www && \ cd ~ && \ z www
While you’re at it, checkout the shorthand ls feature in zsh. It enables typing fuzzy ls path parts like ls /u/l/dtra, and pressing Tab twice to arrive at /usr/lib/dtrace. Use chsh -s /bin/zsh set zsh as your default shell to try it out. You can try it out along with z using my dotfiles.
Speed up your workflow with
rupa/z and other time-saving affordances to benefit from less repetition and more time doing the stuff you love.
Thanks to Paul Irish, who demoed rupa/z at Fluent 2012 in San Francisco.