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On Windows with Cygwin in the .bashrc file there is a function that you can uncomment. I did so but I cannot figure out how to make it work or call it.

I tried doin the cd -- in the command line but it doesn't do anything

# b) function cd_func
# This function defines a 'cd' replacement function capable of keeping, 
# displaying and accessing history of visited directories, up to 10 entries.
# To use it, uncomment it, source this file and try 'cd --'.
# acd_func 1.0.5, 10-nov-2004
# Petar Marinov, http:/, this is public domain
 cd_func ()
   local x2 the_new_dir adir index
   local -i cnt

   if [[ $1 ==  "--" ]]; then
     dirs -v
     return 0

   [[ -z $1 ]] && the_new_dir=$HOME

   if [[ ${the_new_dir:0:1} == '-' ]]; then
     # Extract dir N from dirs
     [[ -z $index ]] && index=1
     adir=$(dirs +$index)
     [[ -z $adir ]] && return 1

   # '~' has to be substituted by ${HOME}
   [[ ${the_new_dir:0:1} == '~' ]] && the_new_dir="${HOME}${the_new_dir:1}"

   # Now change to the new dir and add to the top of the stack
   pushd "${the_new_dir}" > /dev/null
   [[ $? -ne 0 ]] && return 1

   # Trim down everything beyond 11th entry
   popd -n +11 2>/dev/null 1>/dev/null

   # Remove any other occurence of this dir, skipping the top of the stack
   for ((cnt=1; cnt <= 10; cnt++)); do
     x2=$(dirs +${cnt} 2>/dev/null)
     [[ $? -ne 0 ]] && return 0
     [[ ${x2:0:1} == '~' ]] && x2="${HOME}${x2:1}"
     if [[ "${x2}" == "${the_new_dir}" ]]; then
       popd -n +$cnt 2>/dev/null 1>/dev/null

   return 0
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Have you opened a new Cygwin shell/terminal, or . sourced the .bashrc file to get the function into your session? – jscott Dec 5 '11 at 18:14
I'm not familiar with "sourced" I thought that file was included already. I just tried source .bashrc and it says bash: $'\r': command not found – JasonDavis Dec 5 '11 at 18:34
Problem with DOS-like line endings, sigh. – kubanczyk Dec 5 '11 at 19:07
up vote 1 down vote accepted


alias cd="cd_func"
cd --

or simply

cd_func --
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That's what I was thinking but it give this error bash: cd_func: command not found – JasonDavis Dec 5 '11 at 18:11
Please note that .bashrc is NOT run (nor sourced) on login, this is when .bash_profile is applied instead. Usually .bash_profile should call 'source .bashrc' explicitly. – kubanczyk Dec 5 '11 at 19:06
Ok thanks, now looking at my .bash_profile it looks like it comes with source "${HOME}/.bashrc" already in it, thanks for your help – JasonDavis Dec 5 '11 at 19:20

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