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i was working in my terminal, and than i misspelled when cd to root /

accidentally i typed // and i got that in terminal as :


when i type pwd, i get response // but when i type ls -s i got same list as in / directory.

when you type more than 2, i.e. /// you get:


always as 1 / except for 2. is there any difference and what is for // ???

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You can add multiple slashes to a directory and it will not change anything.

E.g. these three commands all do the same:
cd /home
cd /home/
cd /home//

After any of these my current working directory is is set to /home (check with pwd).

I guess that you have your prompt configured to do something smart and that you ran into unanticipated behaviour. What do you get when you echo $PS1 ?

Link to a comment on http://unix.stackexchange.com/ which may explain it.

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My PS1 in bash on OSX is "\h:\W \u\$" and I get this strange behavior, too. / and /// and //// and ///// all show up as /, but the special case of two forward slashes shows up as two forward slashes. –  Sparr Mar 28 '13 at 16:55
I got the \u@\h:\w (<b>u</b>ser at <b>h</b>ost, <b>w</b>orking dir) in Ubuntu 12.10 but I fail to reproduce the problem. –  Hennes Mar 28 '13 at 16:58
no i get always // when checking pwd in any case. for echo $PS1 i get: [\e]0;\u@\h: \w\a]${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ –  Dimitris Theodoridis Mar 28 '13 at 16:59
I just manually set my PS1 and I can not reproduce it with two slashes. Weird. Not with 1, 3 or 4. Only with 2. I am at a loss to explain this. –  Hennes Mar 28 '13 at 17:07
Maybe this comment from unix.stackexchange is the answer: I believe that Windows POSIX compat APIs will also treat //remote/... the same as the UNC path \\remote\... format. – Stephen P Jan 20 '11 at 0:39 –  Hennes Mar 28 '13 at 17:09

/ is == to //

See : http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/009695399/basedefs/xbd_chap03.html#tag_03_266

For a nice discussion of exceptions (cygwin and directories) see : http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/1910/how-linux-handles-multiple-path-separators-home-username-file

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thanks bro i will have look later sure! thanks –  Dimitris Theodoridis Mar 28 '13 at 17:02

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