How to easily find the full path of a command in Ubuntu


If you’re writing scripts or making cron jobs you will need to know the full path of the commands you’re using; rather than just being able to use “ls” you would have to use “/bin/ls” instead. You could use the find command here but there’s a quicker and more elegant way: which. Use it like so:


which ls


will return:




Not everything will be in /bin, e.g.:


which timeout


will likely return:




Simple but it will make your life quite a bit easier when writing scripts, particularly with new commands or command which you don’t use often.



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