Anyone accustomed to working with *NIX systems knows that
~ refers to your home directory.
cd ~/Desktop # Change to your desktop folder. echo ~ # Print your home folder mysqldump > ~/Downloads/dump.sql # Writes to a file in your Downloads folder.
But, I just learned that it's possible to refer to someone else's home directory with
~username. For example, if your co-worker with the username
bob has a database dump in their home directory, you can:
cp ~bob/dump.sql ~/ # Copy dump.sql from bob's home directory to your home directory.
Or, if you're trying to find the home directory of the
deploy daemon (which has it's own user account), but you don't have admin privileges:
echo ~deploy # Print the deploy user's home directory.
This appears to work on both Linux and Mac OSX, in both ZSH and BASH.