Navigating through folders

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Navigating through folders

When Git Bash opens, it starts “in” your user folder on your
computer. The bash prompt shows you the current working directory,
abbreviated slightly. You can see the full path by typing this and
pressing enter:

pwd

Short, abbreviated command names are common in bash. This
stands for “Print Working Directory.” (Directory is another term
for folder.)

You can list the files and folders that are underneath the current working directory by typing:

ls

You’ll find an entry labeled “Desktop” You can change into that directory with “cd”:

cd Desktop

You should see that the prompt has changed to reflect that you
are “in” the Desktop. Now when you ask for a directory
listing:

ls

You’ll see all the things on your computer’s desktop. If your
desktop is empty, try creating a file and saving it on the
desktop. Once you’ve done that, if you run “ls” again, you will
see your new file.

You can change to the directory “above” the current working directory by using a special name, “..”. Try typing these commands and pressing enter after each one:

cd ..
ls

You should see the same directory listing as you saw first!

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