PHP 5.6.30 Released


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posix_getcwdPathname of current directory


string posix_getcwd ( void )

Gets the absolute pathname of the script's current working directory. On error, it sets errno which can be checked using posix_get_last_error()

Return Values

Returns a string of the absolute pathname on success. On error, returns FALSE and sets errno which can be checked with posix_get_last_error().


Example #1 posix_getcwd() example

This example will return the absolute path of the current working directory of the script.

echo 'My current working directory is '.posix_getcwd();



This function can fail on

  • Read or Search permission was denied
  • Pathname no longer exists

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phpmanual-getcwd at devin dot com
16 years ago
From the GNU getcwd(3) manpage, paraphrased: returns the absolute pathname of the current working directory.  Fails when the current directory is not eradable.  Complies with POSIX.1 spec.
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