cd with multiple directory argument fails

Bug #1683576 reported by Murukesh Mohanan
This bug affects 5 people
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bash (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In bash 4.4, a new behaviour was introduced for cd, where it would complain if multiple arguments are provided. From config-top.h [1]:

/* Define CD_COMPLAINS if you want the non-standard, but sometimes-desired
   error messages about multiple directory arguments to `cd'. */

It seems like this is enabled for Ubuntu. However, this behaviour conflicts with the manual (both Ubuntu's and GNU's), which says something similar to: "Any additional arguments following directory are ignored."

Please revert to the old behaviour, or correct the manual. This is not a user-configurable setting, and push is also affected.

Ubuntu 17.04
bash 4.4-2ubuntu1


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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in bash (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

Seen on AskUbuntu during discussion of the problem "Command cd behavior" (

tags: added: artful bionic
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Norbert (nrbrtx) wrote :

Also on "Ubuntu 17.04 — bash: cd: too many arguments" (

Norbert (nrbrtx)
tags: added: zesty
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Quigi (brechbuehler) wrote :

This is still broken in Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS / GNU bash, version 4.4.20(1)-release
and in Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS / GNU bash, version 5.0.17(1)-release.

The manual pages for Bash 4.2, Bash 4.4 and Bash 5.0 all specify "Any additional arguments following dir are ignored. (Only bash 4.2 works correctly.)

This is a bug.

Norbert (nrbrtx)
tags: removed: artful zesty
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