I know this must be a stupid question, but how could I pipe the result from a which command to cd?
This is what I am trying to do:
which oracle | cd
cd < which oracle
cd `which oracle | sed 's/\/oracle//g'`
You use pipe in cases where the command expects parameters from the standard input. ( More on this ).
cd command that is not the case. The directory is the command argument. In such case, you can use command substitution. Use backticks or
$(...) to evaluate the command, store it into variable..
path=`which oracle` echo $path # just for debug cd $path
although it can be done in a much simpler way:
cd `which oracle`
or if your path has special characters
cd "`which oracle`"
cd $(which oracle)
which is equivalent to backtick notation, but is recommended (backticks can be confused with apostrophes)
.. but it looks like you want:
cd $(dirname $(which oracle))
(which shows you that you can use nesting easily)
$(...) (as well as backticks) work also in double-quoted strings, which helps when the result may eventually contain spaces..
cd "$(dirname $(which oracle))"