How do I install the shell "z" script directory jumper on Ubuntu 12.10?


In the z readme after line 48, it says:


Put something like this in your $HOME/.bashrc or $HOME/.zshrc:

. /path/to/z.sh

cd around for a while to build up the db.

You need to download the z.sh file to a directory of your choosing, then tell your .bashrc where it is, so your terminal can find it. (The same applies for z-shell, which is just another shell system.) Then, after you use bash for a while, z will know your favorite locations.

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You can download and add to *rc files using command line as so

# Download to latest to home dir
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rupa/z/master/z.sh -O ~/z.sh
# Add to .bashrc
echo . /path/to/z.sh >> ~/.bashrc
# Add to .zshrc
echo . /path/to/z.sh >> ~/.zshrc
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  • @VolkerSiegel There is no link in this answer at all, so your comment isn't very helpful. David: It is true however that your answer doesn't provide much explanation. I see the shell comments, but could you expand on those in the answer itself? Thanks. – Seth Sep 14 '14 at 17:02
  • @Seth Yes, I asked on meta related to handling this as "link only", and learned something: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/11980/… I mixed up flagging with commenting on close. – Volker Siegel Sep 14 '14 at 17:06
  • @Alexis Why /usr/local/bin? Why executable permissions? It doesn't look like this file has to be executed directly, or that it needs to be somewhere in PATH. – muru Nov 27 '15 at 6:30
  • @muru Feel free to re-edited if you're not in agreement, here is a thread askubuntu.com/questions/195652/…, but respect to permissions, i could be wrong, not my strong area, i couldn't find where i get this recommendation, regards – Alexis Nov 27 '15 at 17:53
  • @Alexis Yep, I'm rolling back. Nothing so far indicates that the script needs to be in PATH or that it needs to be executable by the user. – muru Nov 27 '15 at 17:56

From here

  • Download wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rupa/z/master/z.sh.

  • Install printf "\n\n#initialize Z (https://github.com/rupa/z) \n. ~/z.sh \n\n" >> .bashrc. This command appends . ~/z.sh to your .bashrc file, which in turn tells it to run Z upon start-up.

  • Reload shell source ~/.bashrc.

To test how Z works, browse to these directories:

cd /etc/systemd/system
cd /usr/share/nano
cd /etc/kernel/postinst.d
cd ~

Now, from your terminal, type in z sys and push the tab button, then enter. Next, type z nano and hit the tab button, then enter again. You will see in both cases that Z automatically knew to cd into the first and second directories where we initially browsed.

Using Z with Zsh

  • Run printf "\n\n#initialize Z (https://github.com/rupa/z) \n. ~/z.sh \n\n" >> .zshrc. This command appends . ~/z.sh to .zshrc file, which tells it to run Z on start-up.
  • Reload shell source ~/.zshrc.

Using Z with Zsh + Oh My Zsh

Just add z to the plugins list in ~/.zshrc


Download the z script to your home directory:

wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rupa/z/master/z.sh -O ~/.z


source ~/.zshrc
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    @GAD3R is it really necessary to download the z script ? isn't it integrated the oh-my-zsh fw ? – Mohamed Sep 19 '19 at 9:51
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    Without the z script you may receive _z_dirs:2: no such file or directory: /home/$USER/.z error. To reproduce the problem : mv .z .z.bak , then execute some jumps. – GAD3R Sep 19 '19 at 11:16

When installing scripts like this (shell augmentation), it is usually a good idea to install them to /etc/profile.d. To download and install in a single step, you can use the following command:

sudo curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rupa/z/master/z.sh \
          -o /etc/profile.d/z.sh

Some of the advantages of installing your shell modifications on /etc/profile.d:

  • It will be available for all shells and users;
  • There's no need to chmod +x;
  • It is easier to uninstall (just remove the file);
  • It is easier to remember where you put them.
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  • this simply did not work – Xerus May 11 '18 at 20:38
  • Worked well on Git Bash for Windows (without sudo of course), thanks! – 0x49D1 Dec 26 '18 at 7:52

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