Bash path substitution allows expanding the path with special characters like the tilde. It allows us to expand the path to include the home directory. We can use it to fill out to any users home directory too. You can use ~+ and ~- characters to expand to the current directory and our previous directory. We can use the directory stack to any path stored in it.
- [Instructor] In Chapter One of this course we talked about using dot and dot dot as short cuts to the current directory and the parent directory. These short cuts are provided by the file system. We can see these by showing hidden files with LS. Type in LS space dash L A and hit enter. The top two items are the dot and dot dot directories. There is another way of expanding the path to include these directories and more using bash path substitution. The tilde is a meta character with special meaning.
It allows us to expand the path to include directories like the users home, the current directory, parent directory, or even the previous directory. If we type in echo space tilde and hit enter, it shows our home directory. We can also get it to expand out to other users home directories as well by specifying the user. Type in echo space tilde root and hit enter. If we follow the tilde with a plus symbol it will expand to our current directory.
Let's see into another directory first. Type in CD space slash var and hit enter. Now, type in echo tilde plus and hit enter. This is similar to the dot character but provided by the bash tilde substitution. If we append a hyphen to the tilde it will expand to our previous directory. Type in echo space tilde hyphen and hit enter. The tilde hyphen allows us to bounce between two directories very easily.
We can also expand to any directory in the list, we have to use the push D command to put directories in the list first. Type in push D space slash E T C slash yum dot repos dot d and hit enter. Now, let's type in push D space slash var slash log and hit enter again. Use the dir commands to verify. Type in D I R S and hit enter. We see that we have a couple of directories in the stack. Now, use tilde substitution to access them.
We have to supply a directory number starting from zero so type in echo space tilde zero and hit enter. The tilde hyphen expansion allows us to bounce between two directories. This allows us to bounce between any number of directories. Type in echo space tilde one and hit enter. We can use these with any command. For instance if we wanted a CD to a directory we type in C D space tilde zero and hit enter. C D space tilde one and hit enter.
To remove items from the list use pop D. Let's view our list again using dirs. Type in pop D space plus one and hit enter. This removes the second item from the list, remember that we're counting from zero so the left most item is item zero. Another great tool is brace expansion. By using braces we can provide whole word patterns. For instance, if we type echo space S left curly bracket P E comma P I right curly bracket L L and hit enter, it echos both spell and spill.
This works by expanding the characters in the braces. For each character in the brace, it expands the word inserting that character or characters into the word, so we end up with spell and spill. Note: this does not work inside of quotes. Bring your line back and insert quotes before the S and after the last L and hit enter.
- Topics include:
- Shell tips and tricks
- Pattern matching with globs
- Pattern matching with extended globs
- Using the Bash shell
- Monitoring processes using ps
- Monitoring processes graphically
- Managing processes
- Job scheduling
- Limiting access to AT and cron jobs
- Managing system services