On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 10:53:15PM -0500, Dale R. Worley wrote:
> John McWilliam <jsmcwill...@gmail.com> writes:
> > 1. I am a total beginner here and am constantly seeing referals to 
> > "~/FileName" This is obviously shorthand for something but what? Is it the 
> > location of the Git program directory or perhaps my working tree. How can I 
> > define this?
> This is "shorthand" for the path of your home directory.  The important
> part of this is that your shell (the program that reads and executes the
> commands you write) automatically replaces "~" with the path of your
> home directory; the git programs only see the actual path name.

Yes, this use of ~ is a Unix-ism.  You can find some more information
at <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_directory#Unix>.


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