Why does sudo not work with the cd command?

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The cd command is built into the default GNU Bourne-Again SHell (bash) shell and will not work with sudo since the current directory is a attribute of a process. Any operations performed by sudo and its descendants will not affect the parent process.

The workaround is to call the cd command within an independent shell:


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