pwd stands for print working directory. This command will basically print the full path of the root directory to the current directory.
pwd is the command built into the shell or /bin/pwd. You can run the type command to see where pwd is contained: $ type -a pwd
In this context, we shall look into how to use the pwd command in Linux.
What is the syntax of pwd command ?
As we have already stated, pwd command will find the current directory. Its syntax is provided below:
You can use another way with PWD environment variable:
$ echo $PWD
Its command Options is explained below:
- pwd -L: Prints the symlink.
- pwd -P: Prints the real path.
By default, if you use the command without option, it will specify -L option.
To understand more clearly, we will create a directory and symlink to the directory:
$ sudo mkdir /usr/directory
$ sudo ln -s /usr/directory /usr/symlink
Next, we will navigate to /usr/symlink:
$ cd /usr/symlink
And now, we will try to use pwd command with -L option:
$ pwd -L
If you use pwd command with -P option:
$ pwd -P