How can you quickly get the complete path to a file for use in terminal?
All good answers; Here is a tip for another situation.
If you are browsing your files using nautilus and you want the complete path of your current directory, then press
If it's an executable, then execute (in a terminal):
For example: which ls
In addition to dragging the icon, there are a few ways to get the full path without nautilus (or thunar, konqueror, et al.). You would then triple-click or click-drag and copy, potentially saving this in your clipboard manager*, and paste it where you need.
A more realistic example of using find would be something like :
To cut out the ones you don't like, e.g.:
locate is used much the same way, though grep is frequently more necessary:
This isn't the most efficient way to type this, but usually if I've lost a file, I do this iteratively, adding grep clauses as I go.