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I've got absolutely no idea what this does and if I search something like "linux ./ command", Google just seems to ignore those two characters as they're puntuation. If someone can give me a simple answer, I'd be very grateful :)

marked as duplicate by Faheem Mitha, slm Oct 14 '14 at 21:24

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    ./ designates the current working directory... – Jan Oct 14 '14 at 21:14

Couple of commands that could help you on understanding it are,

From any directory (assume /home/somedir), run the below commands.

  • stat ./ - It will give out an inode number.
  • find /home -inum inode_number - It will list the directory from where you originally executed the stat command.

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