Can I get the absolute path to the current script in KornShell?

Is it possible to find out the full path to the script that is currently executing in KornShell (ksh)?

i.e. if my script is in /opt/scripts/myscript.ksh, can I programmatically inside that script discover /opt/scripts/myscript.ksh ?



You could use:

## __SCRIPTNAME - name of the script without the path
typeset -r __SCRIPTNAME="${0##*/}"

## __SCRIPTDIR - path of the script (as entered by the user!)

## __REAL_SCRIPTDIR - path of the script (real path, maybe a link)
__REAL_SCRIPTDIR=$( cd -P -- "$(dirname -- "$(command -v -- "$0")")" && pwd -P )

In korn shell, all of these $0 solutions fail if you are sourcing in the script in question. The correct way to get what you want is to use $_

$ cat bar

echo dollar under is $_
echo dollar zero is $0

$ ./bar

dollar under is ./bar
dollar zero is ./bar

$ . ./bar
dollar under is bar
dollar zero is -ksh

Notice the last line there? Use $_. At least in Korn. YMMV in bash, csh, et al..

How the script was called is stored in the variable $0. You can use readlink to get the absolute file name:

readlink -f "$0"

Well it took me a while but this one is so simple it screams.

_SCRIPTDIR=$(cd $(dirname $0);echo $PWD)

since the CD operates in the spawned shell with $() it doesn't affect the current script.

The variable $RPATH contains the relative path to the real file or the real path for a real file.

CURPATH=$( cd -P -- "$(dirname -- "$(command -v -- "$0")")" && pwd -P )

CURLOC=$CURPATH/`basename $0`

if [ `ls -dl $CURLOC |grep -c "^l" 2>/dev/null` -ne 0 ];then

    ROFFSET=`ls -ld $CURLOC|cut -d ">" -f2 2>/dev/null`

    RPATH=`ls -ld $CURLOC/$ROFFSET 2>/dev/null`




echo $RPATH

This is what I did:

if [[ $0 != "/"* ]]; then
  DIR=`pwd`/`dirname $0`
  DIR=`dirname $0`

readlink -f would be the best if it was portable, because it resolves every links found for both directories and files.

On mac os x there is no readlink -f (except maybe via macports), so you can only use readlink to get the destination of a specific symbolic link file.

The $(cd -P ... pwd -P) technique is nice but only works to resolve links for directories leading to the script, it doesn't work if the script itself is a symlink

Also, one case that wasn't mentioned : when you launch a script by passing it as an argument to a shell (/bin/sh /path/to/, $0 is not usable in this case

I took a look to mysql "binaries", many of them are actually shell scripts ; and now i understand why they ask for a --basedir option or need to be launched from a specific working directory ; this is because there is no good solution to locate the targeted script

This works also, although it won't give the "true" path if it's a link. It's simpler, but less exact.

SCRIPT_PATH="$(whence ${0})"

Try which command.

which scriptname

will give you the full qualified name of the script along with its absolute path

I upgraded the Edward Staudt's answer, to be able to deal with absolute-path symbolic links, and with chains of links too.

while true; do
  echo "Trying to find real dir for script $DZERO"
  CPATH=$( cd -P -- "$(dirname -- "$(command -v -- "$DZERO")")" && pwd -P )
  CFILE=$CPATH/`basename $DZERO`
  if [ `ls -dl $CFILE | grep -c "^l" 2>/dev/null` -eq 0 ];then
  LNKTO=`ls -ld $CFILE | cut -d ">" -f2 | tr -d " " 2>/dev/null`
  DZERO=`cd $CPATH ; command -v $LNKTO`

Ugly, but works... After run this, the path is $CPATH and the file is $CFILE

Using $_ provides the last command.

>source my_script

Works if I issue the command twice:

>source my_script
>source my_script

If I use a different sequence of commands:

>source my_script

The $_ variable returns "who"

Try using this:

dir = $(dirname $0)

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