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show current directory

Terminal - show current directory
2013-09-17 20:14:15
User: fhh
Functions: pwd
show current directory

exactly same effect as echo "$PWD" ...


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
xdg-open .
2009-09-09 07:20:32
User: karpoke
Tags: xdg-open

Opens a file or URL in the user's preferred application.

gnome-open .
nautilus `pwd`
2009-02-13 00:31:49
User: rothgar
Functions: pwd

Simply displays your current working directory. Helps when you are buried deep in /etc or some other obscure place.

explorer .

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What others think

Hey fhh, I appreciate your zeal in posting lots of examples of Unix commands, but please don't post ones that have been posted before. If I hadn't seen your sample output for this one, I would have assumed you were a spam robot simply re-submitting valid commands in order to be able to post later without moderation.

Comment by hackerb9 107 weeks and 2 days ago

Hoops, sorry for this neglect :(

I would pay more attention in the future

Comment by fhh 107 weeks and 2 days ago

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