Get Path to Currently Executing Bash Script

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Friday, March 4th, 2016

This Bash one-liner should return the full path to the script from which it is being executed.

SCRIPT_DIR="$( cd "$( dirname "${BASH_SOURCE[0]}" )" && pwd )"

The above may not work as expected with symlinks. A more robust (and verbose) solution is as follows:

# Returns the full path to the script it is called in.
function SCRIPT_DIR() {
    while [ -h "$SOURCE" ]; do
        SCRIPT_DIR="$( cd -P "$( dirname "$SOURCE" )" && pwd )"
        SOURCE="$(readlink "$SOURCE")"
        [[ $SOURCE != /* ]] && SOURCE="$SCRIPT_DIR/$SOURCE" 
    SCRIPT_DIR="$( cd -P "$( dirname "$SOURCE" )" && pwd )"


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