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path

Computing the directions for reaching a particular file or directory, as traced hierarchically through each of the parent directories usually from the root; the file or directoryand all parent directories are separated from one another in the path by slashes

What does it mean when you dream about a path?

A quiet, spiritual walk down an unobstructed, open path signifies clarity of thought and peace of mind. A blocked and twisted path, however, means one needs to give serious attention to the direction one is taking in one’s business or personal life. The dream may imply the need for a time-out to consider the outcome and the consequences of the issues at hand.

path

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(computer science)
The logical sequence of instructions followed by a computer in carrying out a routine.
A series of physical or logical connections between records or segments in a database management system, generally involving the use of pointers.
(mathematics)
In a topological space, a path is a continuous curve joining two points.
In graph theory, a walk whose vertices are all distinct. Also known as simple path.
(navigation)
A line connecting a series of points and constituting a proposed or traveled route.

path

A footway; a footpath.

path

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

path

(file system)

path

(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.

path

(1) In communications, the route between any two nodes. Same as "line," "channel," "link" or "circuit."

(2) In database management, the route from one table to another, such as from customers to orders.

(3) A selected area in an image. See clipping path.

(4) A list of folders that should be searched to locate executable files run from the command line. See Path environment variable.

(5) The route to a file on a storage device (hard disk or SSD). The path shows the hierarchy of folders and subfolders (directories and subdirectories) starting at an origin point called the "root." The following examples show how the path is expressed on a command line to the MYLIFE.TXT file in the STORIES subfolder located within the JOE folder.

In DOS/Windows
The JOE folder is in the C: drive:
c:\joe\stories\mylife.txt



In Unix/Linux/Mac
The drive would already have been selected:
/joe/stories/mylife



In Macs Prior to OS X
The JOE folder is in the HDD200 drive:
hdd200:joe:stories:mylife



The Following Examples


For simplicity, the following examples come from the early Windows version of this encyclopedia when the software was installed as a top-level folder off the root of the C: drive. Subsequent versions are installed in the Program Files folder.


CDETEXT.TXT Path
This encyclopedia dialog box (File/CDETEXT.TXT path) shows where CDETEXT.TXT is created. The file is used to accumulate definitions so they can be printed at once.



Using Paths


In the Windows version of this encyclopedia, this dialog box displays the path to the CDETEXT.TXT file. For more details on the Windows folder hierarchy, see Win Folder organization.



CDETEXT.TXT Path
This encyclopedia dialog box (File/CDETEXT.TXT path) shows where CDETEXT.TXT is created. The file is used to accumulate definitions so they can be printed at once.







File/Folder Hierarchy
These Explorer views of the Encyclopedia folder (CDE) show how the PICTURES subfolder branches off the CDE folder. Just as pictures are kept separate, the lesson lists are also stored in their own subfolder. Note that the ADDRESS bar refers to the path.


File/Folder Hierarchy
These Explorer views of the Encyclopedia folder (CDE) show how the PICTURES subfolder branches off the CDE folder. Just as pictures are kept separate, the lesson lists are also stored in their own subfolder. Note that the ADDRESS bar refers to the path.
References in classic literature ?
I have locked the door and thrown the key down into the front path.
Carter's cows, trod the short grass of the pasture, with its well-worn path running through gardens of buttercups and white- weed, and groves of ivory leaves and sweet fern.
Without their visits,' said the Ghost, `you cannot hope to shun the path I tread.
The witch-fingers travelled the path on which they had set the feet of many.
Yet his purpose was baffled by the devious paths through which he rode, so that when evening closed upon him, he only found himself on the frontiers of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
But after I had been occupied several years in thus studying the book of the world, and in essaying to gather some experience, I at length resolved to make myself an object of study, and to employ all the powers of my mind in choosing the paths I ought to follow, an undertaking which was accompanied with greater success than it would have been had I never quitted my country or my books.
Presently they came to a place where the paths crossed a bend of the main stream of the valley.
Yes, there are one or two paths which a very active man can take.
In their narrow-mouthed caves the natives, whoever they might be, had refuges into which the huge saurians could not penetrate, while with their developed brains they were capable of setting such traps, covered with branches, across the paths which marked the run of the animals as would destroy them in spite of all their strength and activity.
Great God, help me to walk in Thy paths, (1) to conquer anger by calmness and deliberation, (2) to vanquish lust by self-restraint and repulsion,
They are called Paths that have Made Themselves, and David did wish he could see them doing it.
So the old Nome climbed the foothills and trudged along the wild mountain paths until he came to a big gully that encircled the Mountain of Phantastico and marked the boundary line of the dominion of the Phanfasms.