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I have seen people type that pwd is Print Working Directory but in both the

RHCE handbook and Novell's CLE handbook they say it stands for Present Working Directory.

i'll go for print working directory


heh :)

Print working directory sounds good enough for me (and it's good enough for Wikipedia).

Let me assure you that the command pwd is print working directory.


However the $PWD is present working directory .. thus its BOTH!



Ahh ok :)

Quote:PWD(1) User Commands PWD(1) 




pwd - print name of current/working directory



pwd [OPTION]



Print the full filename of the current working directory.


--help display this help and exit



output version information and exit


NOTE: your shell may have its own version of pwd, which usually super-

sedes the version described here. Please refer to your shell's docu-

mentation for details about the options it supports.



Written by Jim Meyering.



Report bugs to <>.



Copyright © 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the

terms of the GNU General Public License

<>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the

extent permitted by law.



The full documentation for pwd is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If

the info and pwd programs are properly installed at your site, the com-



info pwd


should give you access to the complete manual.




pwd 5.94 February 2006 PWD(1)

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Print then.... Though when i first encountered it as a windows user, i thought it meant "password"....

I had a RHCE practice test once ask me what is the number chmod for rw-rwx-w-


it never had the real answer which is 672