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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) (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


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 were installed in the Program Files folder.


CDETEXT.TXT Path
This dialog box shows where CDETEXT.TXT is created. The file can accumulate definitions for copying or printing.



Using Paths


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



CDETEXT.TXT Path
This dialog box shows where CDETEXT.TXT is created. The file can accumulate definitions for copying or printing.







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 ?
Come out with us," the Spirits said, "and see the bright path we have made for you." So they led her to the lofty gate, and here, from sky to earth, a lovely rainbow arched its radiant colors in the sun.
From the end of it a small wand planted here and there showed where the path zigzagged from tuft to tuft of rushes among those green-scummed pits and foul quagmires which barred the way to the stranger.
I knew from experience how easy it was to hide in the tangle of little paths, and stopped a moment to look round and listen.
"Well," said Dorothy, "we're going southwest, and it seems just as easy to follow that direction without a path as with one."
But Dorothy was a little uneasy at losing the path, because now there was nothing to guide them.
"Good gracious!" cried Dorothy, shrinking back as far as the narrow path would let her.
She unfastened this card and returned to the path, where the light was better, and sat herself down upon a slab of rock to read the printing.
Straight ahead, now, the little dog dashed madly; and it was not long before Pollyanna came upon the reason for it all: a man lying motionless at the foot of a steep, overhanging mass of rock a few yards from the side path.
"Straight through the path there, about five minutes' walk, is my house.
On a visit to Pembrokeshire the Minister said the new arrangements will put the management of the Wales Coast Path on a more permanent footing and enable people to enjoy all that the path has to offer.
Where a path is part of a paved surface, there is typically not a problem.
On April 10, Bay Path hosted the second annual Math Meet at Bay Path.