A CDE Definition
(1) In communications, the route between any two nodes. Same as "line," "channel," "link" or "circuit."
(2) In database management, the route from one table to another, such as from customers to orders.
(3) A selected area in an image. See clipping path.
(4) A list of folders that should be searched to locate executable files run from the command line. See Path environment variable.
(5) The route to a file on a storage device (hard disk or SSD). The path shows the hierarchy of folders and subfolders (directories and subdirectories) starting at an origin point called the "root." The following examples show how the path is expressed on a command line to the MYLIFE.TXT file in the STORIES subfolder located within the JOE folder.
The JOE folder is in the C: drive:
The drive would already have been selected:
In Macs Prior to OS X
The JOE folder is in the HDD200 drive:
The Following ExamplesFor simplicity, the following examples come from the early Windows version of this encyclopedia when the software was installed as a top-level folder off the root of the C: drive. Subsequent versions are installed in the Program Files folder.
Using PathsIn the Windows version of this encyclopedia, this dialog box displays the path to the CDETEXT.TXT file. For more details on the Windows folder hierarchy, see Win Folder organization.
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