3.2.10 Referring to home directories


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      Under both tcsh and bash, your home directory can be referred to using the tilde character (« ~ »). For example, the command

/home/larry# more ~/papers/history-final is equivalent to

/home/larry# more /home/larry/papers/history-final The « ~ » character is simply replaced with the name of your home directory by the shell.

In addition, you can specify other user’s home directories with the tilde as well. The pathname « ~karl/letters » translates to « /home/karl/letters » by the shell (if /home/karl is karl’s home directory). The use of the tilde is simply a shortcut; there is no directory named « ~ »—it’s just syntactic sugar provided by the shell.


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