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I've been told to go to ~/.ssh and, actually, I did cd ~/.ssh and I got into it.

However, I'm wondering: what does the ~ mean in this context?

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also most of the time if you do just "cd" you will land there (~). – jokoon Mar 28 '11 at 14:24
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~ = $HOME = your home directory

The next commands will change to your home directory /home/david if your username is david:

cd ~
cd $HOME
cd /home/david
cd ~david
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Nice. :) Thanks. :) – MEM Mar 28 '11 at 10:42
"change your home directory" -> "make the home directory the present work directory" – steabert Mar 28 '11 at 12:47
also, typing cd will get you into your homefolder. – Bart De Vos Mar 28 '11 at 16:14

You can also use ~username (no slash) to have it lookup the home directory of a user; that is, ~khamer resolves to /home/khamer, whereas ~david would resolve to /home/david regardless of who is typing the command.

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If you type:

cd ~/

and hit TAB, the command should change to the actual path to your home folder. As far as I know, this works with pretty much any command that takes a path as an argument.

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