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Changes the current working directory


ProductCommand type
ClearCasecleartool subcommand
ClearCase LTcleartool subcommand
MultiSitemultitool subcommand



cd [ dir-pname ]


The cd command works differently depending on whether you are using a dynamic view or a snapshot view.

Changing Directories in a Dynamic View

The cd command changes the current working directory, as does the UNIX cd(1) command. In ClearCase and MultiSite, this command is intended for use in interactive cleartool and multitool sessions and in shell scripts or batch files that simulate interactive sessions.

With a view-extended pathname, cd also changes your working directory view. The specified view's config spec determines which versions of elements are visible in your new working directory.

With a version-extended pathname that specifies an element or branch, cd changes your current working directory to a location in version-extended namespace, wherein element and branch names are treated like directories in a read-only file system. The best way to leave version-extended namespace is to change directories to a full pathname. Typing cd .. does not exit version-extended namespace until you ascend past the VOB root directory. (See the pathnames_ccase reference page.)

Changing Directories in a Snapshot View

The cd command changes the current working directory. If dir-pname specifies a snapshot view, cd changes the view context to that of the snapshot view.

View Selection Precedence

Regardless of the view type, view-selection precedence is as follows:

  1. If you specify a a view-extended name, that view is used.
  2. Otherwise, the view implied by the current directory is used.
  3. Otherwise, the view that has been set (if any) is used.




Specifying the New Working Directory

Changes to your home directory in, determined in UNIX by examining the password database and in Windows by the value of the HOME environment variable, the value of the HOMEDRIVE and HOMEPATH environment variables, or the user profile.

The pathname of the directory to become your current working directory. You can specify a view-extended or version-extended pathname, as described above.


The UNIX examples in this section are written for use in csh. If you use another shell, you may need to use different quoting and escaping conventions.

The Windows examples that include wildcards or quoting are written for use in cleartool interactive mode. If you use cleartool single-command mode, you may need to change the wildcards and quoting to make your command interpreter process the command appropriately.

In cleartool single-command mode, cmd-context represents the UNIX shell or Windows command interpreter prompt, followed by the cleartool command. In cleartool interactive mode, cmd-context represents the interactive cleartool prompt.

  • Change to your home directory.

    cmd-context cd 

  • Change to the release subdirectory of the current working directory's parent.

    cmd-context cd ..\release  

  • Use a view-extended pathname to change to the src directory in the context of the jackson_old view.

    cmd-context cd /view/jackson_old/usr/hw/src 

  • Change to the directory in extended namespace that represents the main branch of element hello.c.

    cmd-context  cd hello.c@@\main  

  • Change to a directory in extended namespace, and then return to the original directory.

    cmd-context  cd src@@
    cmd-context  pwd

    cmd-context cd /usr/hw/src
    cmd-context pwd 


cd(1), config_spec, pathnames_ccase, pwd, pwv, setview, Administrator's Guide



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