Absloute path vs relative path in LinuxUnix
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Submitted on: 2013-09-17 13:21:52
Submitted By: Surendra Anne
Description:What is an absolute path?
An absolute path is defined as the specifying the location of a file or directory from the root directory(/). In other words we can say absolute path is a complete path from start of actual filesystem from / directory.
Some examples of absolute path:
If you see all these paths started from / directory which is a root directory for every Linux/Unix machines.
What is the relative path?
Relative path is defined as path related to the present working directory(pwd). Suppose I am located in /var/log and I want to change directory to /var/log/kernel. I can use relative path concept to change directory to kernel
changing directory to /var/log/kernel by using relative path concept.
Note: If you observe there is no / before kernel which indicates it's a relative directory to present working directory.
Changing directory to /var/log/kernel using absolute path concept.
Note: We can use an absolute path from any location where as if you want to use relative path we should be present in a directory where we are going to specify relative to that present working directory. More detail...