Get an overview of a directory, even a big one
Notice the "unlisted"? That's what makes it usable where the old
tree command would produce pages of output.
.gitignore files are properly dealt with to put unwanted files out of your way (you can ignore them though, see documentation).
Find a directory then
cd to it
This way, you can navigate to a directory with the minimum amount of keystrokes, even if you don't exactly remember where it is.
broot is fast and never blocks, even when you make it search a big slow disk (any keystroke interrupts the current search to start the next one).
Most useful keys for this:
- the letters of what you're looking for
<enter>to select a directory (staying in broot)
<esc>to get back to the previous state or clear your search
<alt><enter>to get back to the shell having
cdto the selected directory
:qif you just want to quit (
Never lose track of file hierarchy while you search
broot tries to select the most relevant file. You can still go from one match to another one using
<tab> or arrow keys.
You may also search with a regular expression. To do this, add a
/ before or after the pattern.
Manipulate your files
Most often you move your files in the blind. You do a few
ls before, then your manipulation, and maybe you check after.
You can instead to it without losing the view of the file hierarchy.
Move, copy, rm, mkdir, are built in and you can add your own shortcuts.
Apply a personal shortcut to a file
Just find the file you want to edit with a few keystrokes, type
<enter> (you should define your preferred editor, see documentation).
See what takes space
To toggle size display, type
:s. Sizes are computed in the background, you don't have to wait for them when you navigate.
See the complete Documentation.