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Moving Around the Filesystem

Commands for moving around the filesystem include the following.

  • pwd: The pwd command allows you to know the directory in which you're located (pwd stands for "print working directory"). For example, pwd in the desktop directory will show ~/Desktop. Note that the GNOME terminal also displays this information in the title bar of its window, as shown in Figure A-1.
  • cd: The cd command allows you to change directories. When you open a terminal, you will be in your home directory. To move around the filesystem, use cd.
    • To navigate to your desktop directory, use cd ~/Desktop.
    • To navigate into the root directory, use cd /.
    • To navigate to your home directory, use cd.
    • To navigate up one directory level, use cd ...
    • To navigate to the previous directory (or back), use cd -.
    • To navigate through multiple levels of directories at once, use cd/var/www, for example, which will take you directly to the /www subdirectory of /var.
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