Folder Path "\..\..\"


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Could you please let me know what the slash and period "\..\..\" notation mean in a folder path:


as I'm trying to understand and old VB6 project that errors out on the path?

Maybe VB is not listing the full path so as to fit at least some of the path in the error box.

I dunno.

Thank you.

D. Reid
Sactown, USA

Question Answered:

".." is just a shorthand of saying "the folder above this"

So if you were at a command line saying:


and you requested to change to the ".." directory instead, it would move you to the "deuce" folder. It's just a quick way to refer to the parent without typing it out

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Cyber Security Engineer
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Yeah a single . means present working directory and .. means parent with every reoccurring .. means up one more level