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AbsoluteName.sh (GPL)

AbsoluteName.sh is a Bourne shell script that returns the absolute path name to the file or directory you specify.

AbsoluteName.sh is distributed as executable source code under the GNU General Public License. Please see the license agreement elsewhere on this site.

Usage

AbsoluteName.sh "directory"
or
AbsoluteName.sh "file"

Examples

: AbsoluteName.sh .wine
/home/chieh/.wine

: AbsoluteName.sh ../../../../../etc
/etc

: AbsoluteName.sh .ssh/known_hosts
/home/chieh/.ssh/known_hosts

: AbsoluteName.sh .
/home/chieh/.

Attached File: AbsoluteName.sh (714 B)

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 04 Nov 2008 21:20:43 +0000

In the original version of AbsoluteName.sh above, it generates absolute path names with relative directories (. and ..). For example:

: AbsoluteName.sh .
/home/chieh/.

: AbsoluteName.sh ../..
/home/chieh/Desktop/KDE Die/..

Technically, it is still a valid absolute path. But it makes grabbing directory names a pain.

This new version of AbsoluteName.sh (attached below) is a cleaner program and it provides absolute path without relative directories. For example:

: AbsoluteName.sh .
/home/chieh

: AbsoluteName.sh ../..
/home/chieh/Desktop/KDE Die

By the way, the path presented to AbsoluteName.sh must be an existing path. It's meaningless to acquire an absolute path to something that is non-existant, as operating system redirection can be used to create the final materialized path.

Attached File: 1 - AbsoluteName.sh (642 B)

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 26 Feb 2010 23:18:41 +0000

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