Creates a 'path' command that always prints the full path to any file

alias path="/usr/bin/perl -e 'use Cwd; foreach my \$file (@ARGV) {print Cwd::abs_path(\$file) .\"\n\" if(-e \$file);}'"
The command creates an alias called 'path', so it's useful to add it to your .profile or .bash_profile. The path command then prints the full path of any file, directory, or list of files given. Soft links will be resolved to their true location. This is especially useful if you use scp often to copy files across systems. Now rather then using pwd to get a directory, and then doing a separate cut and paste to get a file's name, you can just type 'path file' and get the full path in one operation.
Sample Output
path some_file.txt

/home/espider/some_directory/some_file.txt

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By: espider1
2012-01-18 01:40:05

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if your problem is only getting the full path, using ${PWD}/file looks quite simpler :)
Velenux · 330 weeks and 2 days ago

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