dcd : Deep fuzzy cd

When you want to cd to a deep directory, using br is fast and easy enough:

But when you frequently go to a few specific places, you may prefer a shortcut.

As broot can be driven by commands, you can define this function:

# deep fuzzy cd
function dcd {
    br --only-folders --cmd "$1;:cd"
}

(paste this for example in your .bashrc)

This is the "I'm feeling lucky" of broot, you can use it to directly jump to directories you know, when you don't need the interactive search of br.

Example:

dcd ruleset

Focus a new directory but keep the current filter

When you hit enter on a directory, it's focused and the filter is reset.

If you want to keep the filter, for example to search deeper, you may use :open_stay_filter instead (and you can bind it to a key shortut).

Run an script or program from broot

If your system is normally configured, just doing alt-enter on an executable will close broot and executes the file.

Change standard file opening

When you hit enter on a file, broot asks the system to open the file. It's usually the best solution as it selects the program according to the file's type following settings you set system wide.

You might still wish to change that, for example when you're on a server without xdg-open or equivalent.

Here's an example of configuration changing the behaviour on open:

[[verbs]]
invocation = "edit"
key = "enter"
execution = "$EDITOR {file}"
leave_broot = false
apply_to = "file"

(the apply_to line ensures this verb isn't called when the selected line is a directory)

Git Status

If you want to start navigating with a view of the files which changed, you may do

br -gc :gs

Then just hitting the esc key will show you the normal unfiltered broot view.

(note: this isn't equivalent to git status. Most notably, removed files aren't displayed)

From there you may use the :gd verb (:git_diff) to open the selection into your favourite dif viewer.