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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 ?
But now, Pearl, I hear a footstep along the path, and the noise of one putting aside the branches.
It was a breakneck path around the face of a precipice forth or fifty feet high, and nothing to hang on to but some iron railings.
She did not know that this was the best thing she could have done, and she did not know that, when she began to walk quickly or even run along the paths and down the avenue, she was stirring her slow blood and making herself stronger by fighting with the wind which swept down from the moor.
The path from the wood leads to a morass, and from thence to a ford, which, as the rains have abated, may now be passable.
Only one thing he knew, that if the path was there, he would find it.
All the way down the path little animals came out of the fern to meet them; the very first that they met were Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny!
But I shall endeavor in this discourse to describe the paths I have followed, and to delineate my life as in a picture, in order that each one may also be able to judge of them for himself, and that in the general opinion entertained of them, as gathered from current report, I myself may have a new help towards instruction to be added to those I have been in the habit of employing.
For a little way the glare of my fire lit the path.
I will search the broad earth till I find a path up to the sun, or some kind friend who will carry me; for, alas
In a few moments the conference ended, and many of them ran down the path in the direction of the water, the rest surrounding Toby, and entreating him to 'Moee', or sit down and rest himself.
And now, as the night was senescent, And star-dials pointed to morn -- As the star-dials hinted of morn -- At the end of our path a liquescent And nebulous lustre was born, Out of which a miraculous crescent Arose with a duplicate horn -- Astarte's bediamonded crescent, Distinct with its duplicate horn.
We had come to a point where a narrow grassy path struck off from the road and wound away across the moor.