go2 provides an easy method to change among directories by a fast way. go2 is a console program similar to the old PCTools dm or the ncd from Norton, although this is designed for bash.
- cache of recent searches;
- history list of visited directories;
- blacklist of directories not to search;
- configuration file for default options;
- multithreaded execution.
The easiest way is to install the debian package (also available in Ubuntu) using apt-get:
# apt-get install go2
Once it is installed, each user need to include next line at the end of their ~/.bashrc: [ -e /usr/lib/go2/go2.sh ] && source /usr/lib/go2/go2.sh In the next shell session, go2 will be ready to use.
Go2 is very easy to use. From any directory just execute:
$ go2 prefix
when 'prefix' is the beginning of the directory you want to go. go2 will search in your 'home' and it will list all the directories that match the prefix.
Each match has a associated letter. To choose the target, just press the corresponding key. If you want to abort the search, you may press the ESC key (or C-c). You may choose the first match pressing ENTER. The selection may occurs in any moment, it is not required that you wait the searching is finished.
go2 remembers all the successful searches, so it is faster each time.
go2 has some options to perform searches from the '/' directory, to ask case-insensitive matching, etc. Try this:
$ go2 --help usage: go2 [-h] [--cd] [-i] [-r] [--setup] [--version] [pattern [pattern ...]] go2 is a fast directory finder. This is version 1.20111128, Copyright (C) 2004-2011 David Villa Alises. go2 comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; See COPYING for details. positional arguments: pattern pattern to find optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit --cd change to given dir and add it to the cache (useful as 'cd' alias) -i, --ignore-case ignore case search -r, --from-root search in whole file system --setup install go2 in your .bashrc --version show program's version number and exit
'pattern' may be a word list so it is possible to do things like:
$ go2 -r cach arch a: /var/cache/apt/archives Searching...