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1. Is there a relative pathname/directory/folder meaning for the expression "..."?
2. What does "..." refer to in the context cited?

I encountered the expression "..." when looking at the installation instructions for http://code.google.com/p/vim-win3264/wiki/Win64Binaries and it says the following (note bolded text):

Unzip the zipfile into a directory whose name ends in vim, such as C:\Program Files\Vim, D:\vim, or C:\mytools\vim. This will create a vim72 subdirectory, containing all the files. Start a cmd.exe window, cd ...\vim\vim72, then run install.exe, the command-line installer. This will offer you a series of choices. You can probably just type d to "do it".`


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No - it's just shorthand for "whatever", i.e. whatever your path happens to be to this particular subdirectory. –  Paul R Sep 26 '12 at 6:42
    
As far as I know . and .. are the only ones. The triple dot probably is shorthand for 'wherever vim is installed'. –  lego Sep 26 '12 at 6:44
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Old timer trivia: on Win9x systems (but not NT-based systems), the cd command would treat ... similarly to ..\.. and .... similarly to ..\..\.. and so on. at least for the cd command (I don't think it worked like that in general). I wish this carried over to NT - it was a handy shortcut. –  Michael Burr Sep 26 '12 at 20:06
    
Why is this downvoted when it's a feasible syntax question about a popular programming-related topic? –  Pup Sep 26 '12 at 22:29
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I don't think that ... in this case means anything like "up one/two/three levels". I have never heard of ... having a meaning for the cd command for example.

I think they're referring to the fact that they don't know where you actually unzipped the archive, so ...\vim\vim72 could mean C:\Program Files\vim\vim72 or D:\vim or C:\mytools\vim\vim72 etc.

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I agree! That was my first impression-- "..." typically denotes silence or maybe, more abstractly, emptiness. –  Pup Sep 26 '12 at 19:38
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There is no formal meaning, but a common interpretation is "the path leading up to that point", since the ellipsis generally indicates silence or a pause or void or gap.

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