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may be it seems strange for you, but I want to run command in a specific folder without changing the current folder in the shell. Example - this is what I usually do:

~$ cd .folder
~/.folder$ command --key
~/.folder$ cd ..
~$ another_command --key

Though I want something like this:

~$ .folder command --key
~$ another_command --key

Is it possible?

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Can't you do ~/.folder/command --key ? Does the command require your current directory to be ~/.folder ? – glenn jackman Jan 22 '14 at 16:58
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If you want to avoid the second cd you can use

(cd .folder; command --key)
another_command --key
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Very quick answer! I even can't to accept it because system doesn't allow me)) – Timur Fayzrakhmanov Jan 22 '14 at 16:12
magic parenthesis! how does that work? +1 – precise Jan 22 '14 at 18:06
The commands within the parenthesis are run in a new shell process so changing the directory, setting environment variables etc. inside the parenthesis do not affect the parent shell that runs the other commands. – Florian Diesch Jan 22 '14 at 18:25
I'd change the ; to && for good measure. If the cd fails (e.g. because you typoed the directory name), you probably don't want to run the command. – geirha Jan 24 '14 at 9:35

Without cd... Not even once. I found two ways:

# Save where you are and cd to other dir
pushd .folder
command --key
# Get back where you were at the beginning.
another_command --key

and second:

find . -maxdepth 1 -type d -name ".folder" -execdir command --key \;
another_command --key
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