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Figure out what non-symlink path would be?

On Linux, if I've cd'd around and am now in a directory, is there a way to figure out what the real path to that directory is if I had not used a symbolic link to get there?

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Guest [Entry]

"For use with cd, use pwd -P:

$ pwd
/home/dave/tmp
$ mkdir -p 1/2/3/4/5
$ ln -s 1/2/3/4/5 5
$ cd 5
$ pwd
/home/dave/tmp/5
$ pwd -P
/home/dave/tmp/1/2/3/4/5

For generic symbolic links, use readlink:

$ cd ..
$ readlink 5
1/2/3/4/5

Or ls -l (with -d for directories):

$ ls -ld 5
lrwxr-xr-x 1 dave staff 9 Jul 24 10:10 5 -> 1/2/3/4/5"
Guest [Entry]

"An alternative method I used,

cd to the symlink
Ctrl+Shift+T #To open a new tab
pwd

New tab pwd, gives the symlink. ;)"