Find out current working directory of a process

readlink /proc/self/cwd

By: linuts
2011-04-14 23:14:28

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Unless the path is a link, readlink doesn't echo the path by default. It needs either '-e' or '-m' to echo whether or not the path is to a link.
eikenberry · 544 weeks and 4 days ago
/proc/self/cwd is always a symlink (man proc)
linuts · 544 weeks and 4 days ago
This is not really an "alternative" to some of the others, as this is the current working directory of the *current* process. A couple of the earlier alternatives are for finding the working directory of some other command, such as the apache executable or the currently running vim commands. Your version is almost the same as the much simpler $PWD (or pwd command), except yours returns the canonical version of the directory which is handy. You could accomplish the same with readlink -f $PWD but that's not really easier.
splante · 544 weeks and 4 days ago

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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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