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If you spend any time on the shell command line use “z” it will save you tonnes of time!

I am not for using superlatives to attract attention. But I cannot but emphasize how amazing this shell add in has been for my daily activities.

I do spend a lot of time on the command line changing between directories. My typical directory path will read something like this

cd /home/hari/data_processing/cro_data_4_14_23/p53_p212121/compound_id_4642222/final_procesing

Now imagine if you could just cd to that directory by matching against a keyword that is unique to that directory. I could just say

z 2222 TAB

And bing! It “cd’s” you into that directory!

THAT is the amazing power of “z”

This and a few other tips like this came from a talk on Tools for Web developers from +Paul Irish

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