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Old 02-14-2005, 08:15 PM   #1
darren200184
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I have some questions about the command line again.


Some quick questions here:

In what directory does the file that corresponds to the cat command exist? What would I type in the command line to find this out?

Also, what is the difference between the absolute and relative directory path?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 02-14-2005, 08:30 PM   #2
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The cat command should be in your root bin directory (/bin/cat) - you can use the 'whereis' command to find the binaries and man pages for a command.

An absolute path leads with a '/' and designates a directory starting from the root structure (top of the filesystem). It will be the same no matter what. A relative path, however, varies, depending on when and where it is used. It generally looks something like 'bob/stuff' - no backslash to begin it. If you're in the directory 'home' and execute the command 'cd bob/stuff', it will look for the directory 'bob' and then 'stuff' starting in the directory 'home' [the one you're in]. If you execute the command 'cd /bob/stuff', it will look for the directory 'bob' and then 'stuff' starting from the root directory (/).

Last edited by Tarrin; 02-14-2005 at 08:34 PM.
 
Old 02-14-2005, 08:31 PM   #3
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Thank you very much.
 
Old 02-15-2005, 09:13 AM   #4
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Try out the whereis command to locate command locations.
 
  


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