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~/ (tilde slash)

See BLT.

The tilde (~) is a Linux "shortcut" to denote a user's home directory. Thus tilde slash (~/) is the beginning of a path to a file or directory below the user's home directory.

For example, for user01, file /home/user01/test.file can also be denoted by ~/test.file.

That construct can be used in Linux commands, for example: ls -al ~/test.file

Note: Quite often, the succeeding file or directory name is preceded by a period (".") which indicates that it is hidden (in Linux).


  • RandyKramer - 22 Jan 2002
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