path

<file system> pathname.

<networking> A bang path or explicitly routed Internet address; a node-by-node specification of a link between two machines.

<operating system> The list of directories the kernel (under Unix) or the command interpreter (under MS-DOS) searches for executables. It is stored as part of the environment in both operating systems.

Other, similar constructs abound under Unix; the C preprocessor, for example, uses such a search path to locate "#include" files.

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Last updated: 1996-11-21

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