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Changing your current working directory

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At any given time, you are located in some current working directory within the Unix file tree. When you log in, your current directory is set to your home directory.

You can change your current working directory any time by using the cd command (this stands for "change directory"). For example, if the current directory has a subdirectory named details, you can change to that directory using the command:

    % cd details

You can always find out the absolute pathname of the current working directory by typing the command:

    % pwd

Assuming you are using csh as your shell, you can always return to your home directory by typing:

    % cd ~

Next: Moving a file to a different directory
See also: How to organize large collections of files
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John Shipman,
Last updated: 1995/12/04 19:39:34 UT
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