What is the path for my file.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dark.deadpool, May 13, 2006.

  1. dark.deadpool macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I am learning HTML and basic webdesign, and is considerably new to macs. I was wondering how the file path on macs works. For example, if I have a file in the "home" section of OSX, how do I specify that file?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. decksnap macrumors 68040

    decksnap

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    Drag the file into a safari window to see it's path. Here's an example of what a path would be to something in your user folder:

    file:///Users/Username/file.jpg
     
  3. decksnap macrumors 68040

    decksnap

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    Though I'd think you'd want to use relative links, not absolute ones.
     
  4. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

    Erendiox

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    Home folders exist in the "Users" folder, which in turn exists in the the root folder of your hard drive, so a full file path to something in the home folder would look like: /Users/erendiox/Stuff.mov. A file on the desktop would look like /Users/erendiox/Desktop/Stuff.mov. One thing to keep in mind is that you have to be ABSOLUTELY EXACT when writing a file path, including captial letters and puntuation marks, or it won't work. You can experiment with this by using the finder. Use the Go>Go to Folder from the drop down menu and type in a file/folder path to open it.
     
  5. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Another thing worth noting is you can abbreviate the location of your home folder with a tilde (~). So a file on your desktop could be shown as ~/Desktop/somefile.mov (don't use that on webpages though).
     
  6. dark.deadpool thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, lots of help quickly.

    Thank you so much for all the help. I had another question, I was wondering why this is so.

    I wrote a bit of html to test my skills. On my mac using textedit, it didn't work (!!all!! of the html shows up including the <stuff in these brackets>).

    I imputted the same text into notepad on a pc, and it worked fine.

    I'm 100 percent sure that I saved it as .html, and I used the pulldown menu to save it at .html.

    I would much prefer to use my mac for making the website (obviously) but need to solve this little hiccup.

    Thanks in advance for your advice.
     

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