How to find command location in Linux and Unix
This is a small how to on finding your command location. Some times it’s required to find command location to use it as path is not set properly to /bin or /sbin or some other folder. And some times we install packages through scripts where the commands will be installed in a defined path other than /usr/bin or /usr/sbin etc.
command to check where the particular command is installed?
root@surendra:/home/surendra# which ls
How about getting with other command along with manual pages?
root@surendra:/home/surendra# whereis ls
ls: /bin/ls /usr/share/man/man1/ls.1.gz
some times we don’t know where the command is located but still we want to use it, at these times you can use which command to give entire path
the above two are very much handy when writing shell scripts when you are not aware/sure where the command located. Please share your thoughts on how you avoid this situation.
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