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Installing rupa/z

z is a command-line tool that would make jumping around your favorite directories much, much faster. It sits in the background and monitors where you cd to often, like a creep. 8-O And whenever you need to change to that ~/pictures/lol/cats directory, all you have to type in is z cats and you’ll be there. How it achieves this feat is by overriding the default cd‘s functionality with a custom shell function. Bad, bad z. :twisted:

Install rupa/z somewhere in your $PATH, say ~/bin.

cd ~/bin
curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rupa/z/master/z.sh
chmod +x z.sh
source z.sh

You might get a ‘no such file or directory’ error the first time, just ignore that. z works in both bash and zsh. You might need to add the source ~/bin/z.sh line in your .bashrc or .zshrc so it starts up with your shell session.


Optionally, you can install the z man page as well. Jump to a directory in your MANPATH (you can find these using the command man -w) and download the man file.

cd /usr/local/man/man1
sudo curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rupa/z/master/z.1

Chocolatey brings package management to Windows

Chocolatey is the topic in the town these days. When it comes to installing software, Windows is far behind most Linux distributions. Chocolatey is a package manager like apt-get on Debian and Ubuntu. Install it by entering the command

@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command “iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(‘http://bit.ly/psChocInstall’))” && SET PATH=%PATH%;%systemdrive%chocolateybin

(yes, in a Windows command prompt) and you’re good to go. The list of available packages can be found here. There’s no huge list of apps like in apt-get as yet though. If you want to install, say, expresso, just type

cinst expresso

in the command prompt. It’s said Chocolatey works in Cygwin as well, but I’m yet to try that out.