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path

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

2. <file system> pathname.

3. <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.

[Jargon File]

(1996-11-21)


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