Get absolut path to your bash-script

script_path=$(cd $(dirname $0);pwd)
Another way of doing it that's a bit clearer. I'm a fan of readable code.

By: jgc
2009-10-14 16:04:03

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kaedenn · 657 weeks and 5 days ago
what is the point of this command?
grokskookum · 657 weeks and 5 days ago
Within a shell script you might need to work out where the script itself is located. For example if you had a script called and a config file called myscript.cfg in the same directory you might need to work out the full path to the config file. Using $(dirname $0) won't always give you the full path. It will provide the path that the script was executed with. This might be a relative path e.g. ../somedir/ The command would resolve that to /full/path/to/somedir/ Hope my ramblings make sense.
jgc · 657 weeks and 4 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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