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Linux Terminal: Entering Folder and File Names inconvenient - Is there an easier way?

Question by Guest | 23/07/2016 at 18:40

At the moment, I am just torturing myself through the Linux command line (Terminal) and in my opinion, it is extremely awkward that you always have to enter and type the full names of each file and folder.

Assuming I have to navigate through a path with incredible cryptic and long folder names. Entering those names each which caring that each character is fitting exactly and to 100% correct requires very much patience and skill. How fast is there a typing mistake happening!

So, isn't there any other more simpler possibility for navigation? I can hardly imagine that the typical Linux user is hangeling through its file system in this way all the time!

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The typical and experienced Linux user will indeed not go through his files in this cumbersome way, because there is a much quicker and easier possibility:

Just use the tab key.

For example, if you want to navigate to the folder XYZ18282900, it is sufficient to type "cd XY" + Tab and the Linux console should complete your typing to the full name depending on which files are available in the current directory.
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