change directory to actual path instead of symlink path

cd `pwd -P`
If you use symlinks a lot, especially nested symlinks, this puts you back on the absolute path to command-line-fu-nirvana. (Note the backticks around pwd).
Sample Output
$ ls -l
lrwxr-xr-x  1 user users  18 Jan 29 16:05 tomcat -> /usr/local/tomcat/

$ cd tomcat
$ pwd
/home/user/tomcat/

$ cd `pwd -P`
$ pwd
/usr/local/tomcat

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By: Davvolun
2009-02-17 17:21:24
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An even nicer trick would be to just use: cd -P . cheers! :)
RR · 486 weeks and 4 days ago
ugh hoisted by own failure to read the man page on the other hand, it still is a nice example of command substitution? :)?
Davvolun · 485 weeks ago

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