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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
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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.

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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.
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path

A footway; a footpath.
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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.
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path

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

(2) (Path) A photo sharing service intended as a companion to social networks. Introduced in 2010, Path was acquired by Kakao, a South Korea-based Internet company in 2015 but was discontinued in 2018.

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

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

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

(6) 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.txt


The Following Examples



The following examples are 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. For more details on the folder hierarchy in Windows, see Win Folder organization.


File/Folder Hierarchy
These are Explorer views of the Encyclopedia folder (CDE) from an early version of Windows. They show the path starting with C: along with the backslash delimiters. Subsequent versions of Windows replaced backslashes with arrows and blank spaces in between to be less programmer oriented.




File/Folder Hierarchy
These are Explorer views of the Encyclopedia folder (CDE) from an early version of Windows. They show the path starting with C: along with the backslash delimiters. Subsequent versions of Windows replaced backslashes with arrows and blank spaces in between to be less programmer oriented.


File/Folder Hierarchy
These are Explorer views of the Encyclopedia folder (CDE) from an early version of Windows. They show the path starting with C: along with the backslash delimiters. Subsequent versions of Windows replaced backslashes with arrows and blank spaces in between to be less programmer oriented.
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