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Find out current working directory of a process

Terminal - Find out current working directory of a process
eval ls -l /proc/{$(pgrep -d, COMMAND)}/cwd
2011-04-14 13:41:58
User: splante
Functions: eval ls
3
Find out current working directory of a process

This is an alternative to another command using two xargs. If it's a command you know there's only one of, you can just use:

ls -l /proc/$(pgrep COMMAND)/cwd

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
echo "${0%/*}"
2011-04-17 12:09:56
User: mhs
Functions: echo
11

Invoked from within a shell script, this will print the directory in which the script resides. Doesn't depend on external tools, /proc/self/*, etc.. (`echo` is a shell builtin.) To see the *current working* directory of a script, use `pwd`.

echo COMMAND | xargs -ixxx ps -C xxx -o pid= | xargs -ixxx ls -l /proc/xxx/cwd
readlink /proc/self/cwd
mydir=$(cd $(dirname ${BASH_SOURCE:-$0});pwd)
2011-04-27 16:33:38
User: xeor
Functions: cd dirname
Tags: cd script pwd
0

I submitted a command like this without $0 if $BASH_SOURCE is unset. Therefor, it did only work when using ./script, not using 'sh script'. This version handles both, and will set $mydir in a script to the current working directory. It also works on linux, osx and probably bsd.

pwdx $(pgrep command)
2013-02-01 08:33:15
User: weidenrinde
0

The pwdx command reports the current working directory of a process or processes.

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What others think

The above command didn't work for me. I need to add the double quotation to make it work

eval "ls -l /proc/{$(pgrep -d, bash)}/cwd"

Comment by sungam 224 weeks and 4 days ago

Interesting. It works for me without the quotes on CentOS 5.5, bash v3.2.25(1) and OpenSUSE 11.4 bash v 4.1.10(1). It also worked on zsh 4.3.10 without quotes. What shell and version didn't it work on?

Comment by splante 224 weeks and 4 days ago

eval is not needed. Just type 'ls -l /proc/$(pgrep -d, X)/cwd'

Comment by chmurli 224 weeks and 2 days ago

chmurli, your version works if there is one process running for the command, in which case you don't need the "-d," either. If you notice, I had mentioned that in the comments. If there is more than one process, you need the curly braces and the comma, and you need the eval.

Comment by splante 224 weeks ago

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