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I installed an application and now I can access it via terminal as myapplication. It is an alias, though. How can I find the full path to the file?

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You can use type and which to determine what a certain command in bash is, and, if it's an application, where it resides.

$ type type
type is a shell builtin
$ type cd
cd is a shell builtin
$ type ls
ls is aliased to `ls --color=auto'
$ type -P ls
$ which which
$ which ls

The commands which and type -P only work for programs on your PATH, of course, but you won't be able to run others by just typing their command name anyway.

If you're looking for a simple way to determine where an OS X (GUI) application bundle is installed (as used e.g. by the open command), you can execute the following short AppleScript from the command line:

$ osascript -e 'tell application "System Events" to POSIX path of (file of process "Safari" as alias)'

This requires that the program in question (Safari in the example) is running.

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thank you very much –  Xitrum Mar 22 '13 at 21:30

You can use "alias" command in terminal to list all of your aliases. Or if you are in a directory you can use "pwd" to show your current path.

If you know the filename or a part of filename, then you can use "find" to locate your file.

find / -name things.jpeg
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The path of binaries is referenced in the $PATH variable.

You can see its content with env.

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error in os... sorry :'( –  user209678 Mar 22 '13 at 21:42
Your answer isn't entirely clear, sorry. What do you mean with "error in os… sorry"? Also the $PATH can be viewed with env, but echo $PATH would be less verbose. –  slhck Mar 22 '13 at 22:07

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