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Why is the command cd used for opening a directory?

Question by Compi | 2016-11-05 at 10:38

In the computer world, again and again you are faced with the shortcut command "cd". Let it be the CMD command line on Windows or on the Linux terminal - everywhere "cd" has become prevalent for switching and opening folders and directorys.

But what is the reason for that? Does this command make any sense or are we just using "cd" because we have done that for ages?

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The "cd" is the abbreviation for "change directory".

That should have actually answered your question already. Because you are using this command very often, its shortness is of course welcome. However, on some systems and in some applications, also "chdir" is used for changing the current directory on the command line.
2016-11-05 at 23:14

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