The command pwd(abbreviation of print working directory, it returns the corrent directory) it is a command, that show the absolute pathname on the corrent directory.
The working directory is the directory where you are standing in. So for knowing where you are, you can use the pwd command.
cd /home/user
pwd = /home/user


  • -P Show the working directory path without symbolic link (links to folder).
    Example: /home/symphoto a symlink to /home/photos pwd -P will display /home/photos.
  • -L Show the working directory logical path with symbolic link.
    Example: /home/symphoto, that redirect to /home/photos, pwd -L will show /home/symphoto.
  • Without any flag, -L is assumed, so the normal pwd is in reality pwd -L.