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I am sourcing a file under tcsh. This file could be anywhere on the filesystem. How can I retrieve the path of my sourced file ?

$0 won't work : I don't execute the file, I source it.

Many thanks !

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A little bit of grepping gives me what I want.

There is one thing I know for sure : the basename of the file (not the whole path). In my case, source_me.tcsh. So we can query lsof for the current shell PID and grep the absolute path.

$$ gives you the PID.

/usr/sbin/lsof +p $$ | grep -oE /.\*source_me.tcsh
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This is the only answer to this problem that I haven't been able to break in trivial testing. kudos. – engtech Apr 29 '13 at 16:01

You can try following, which should work in normal (t)csh. I do not know if it also works in the .(t)cshrc:

set DUS = ( $_ ) #DUS: Dollar UnderScore
set DNU = $0:q   #DNU: Dollar NUll
if (( $#DUS > 1 )) then
  if ("${DUS[1]}" == 'source' || "$DNU:t" == 'tcsh' || "$DNU:t" == 'csh') then
    set DNU = ${DUS[2]:q}
echo 'Your script path is: '`(cd "$DNU:h" >&! /dev/null; pwd)`
echo 'your script name is: '$DNU:t
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As far as I know sourcing means that you run it as if you were typing the commands one by one in the command line. Then, of course, you can't access its name, because he's not being executed as a script in the first place.

But you might be lucky: try to look in the command log. In bash you just type "history", dunno about tcsh but I guess there must be one there too.

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While this is possible in other shells, I don't see a way to do it in tcsh.

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How would you do in bash ? – Charles May 7 '10 at 10:10
As shown in my answer at the link in my answer above, ${BASH_SOURCE[0]} is the location of the sourced file. – Dennis Williamson May 7 '10 at 11:13
Ooops, sorry, didn't see the link... – Charles May 8 '10 at 10:48

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