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what does pwd stand for?  

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  1. 1. This one has annoyed me so I though I would take it to a vote what does pwd stand for?

    • Present Working Directory
    • Print Working Directory

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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.

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i'll go for print working directory


heh :)

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

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


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



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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 <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.



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

<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. 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)

lines 1-47/47 (END)


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

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