A path may refer to any of the following:
1. Alternatively referred to as the pathname, the current path or path is the complete location or name of where a computer, file, device, or web page is located. Below are some examples of different types of computer-related paths.
The following example shows an MS-DOS path or file path for system.ini file. When working with an MS-DOS, Windows, or Windows command line path, the drives, directories, and files are all separated by a backslash.
Linux and Apple path
In Linux, or an Apple shell using the pwd command, your path may look like the following example. When working with this type of path, the drives, directories, and files are all separated by a forward slash.
A network path is a path to a share. In the example below, "help" is the share on the "hope" computer.
The following example shows the Internet path or URL (Uniform Resource Locator) to this web page on the Internet.
How do I display the current path?
By default, MS-DOS and the Windows command line show the full current path in the prompt. For example, if the prompt is C:\Windows\System32>, then the path is c:\Windows\System32. With Linux, you may only have a partial path. For example, the prompt may have "~/public_html/cgi-bin" in the prompt. The ~ (tilde) is a shortcut used to express your home directory.
To display the current path in MS-DOS or the Windows command line, type chdir at the prompt. In Linux, type pwd at the prompt to print the working directory (path).
- See the chdir command page for further information on this command.
- See the pwd command for further information and examples on this command.
4. With computer games and other 3D environments, a path is the line objects takes to get from one point to another. For example, in a computer game, a NPC (non-playing character) may follow a set path to give the illusion of a living character. To help that character navigate around obstacles that may impede their path, an algorithm like the A* algorithm may be used.