Wait a second. So this mc script is an attempt to leave you in the directory you were in when you left mc ? Well that won't work will it? Try running this: cd /tmp; ( cd /etc; pwd ); pwd and you'll get /etc /tmp the ``cd /etc'' only applies in the shell executed in the brackets. The same goes for the mc script. Any effect of the cd in the script is lost when the script exits. Cheers, Phil.