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Manual Reference Pages  -  BASENAME (1)

NAME

basename, dirname - return filename or directory portion of pathname

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Synopsis
Description
Exit Status
Examples
See Also
Standards

SYNOPSIS

basename string [suffix] basename [-a] [-s suffix] string [...] dirname string [...]

DESCRIPTION

The basename utility deletes any prefix ending with the last slash /’ character present in string (after first stripping trailing slashes), and a suffix, if given. The suffix is not stripped if it is identical to the remaining characters in string. The resulting filename is written to the standard output. A non-existent suffix is ignored. If -a is specified, then every argument is treated as a string as if basename were invoked with just one argument. If -s is specified, then the suffix is taken as its argument, and all other arguments are treated as a string.

The dirname utility deletes the filename portion, beginning with the last slash /’ character to the end of string (after first stripping trailing slashes), and writes the result to the standard output.

EXIT STATUS


.Ex -std basename dirname

EXAMPLES

The following line sets the shell variable FOO to /usr/bin.

    FOO=‘dirname /usr/bin/trail‘

SEE ALSO

csh(1), sh(1), basename(3), dirname(3)

STANDARDS

The basename and dirname utilities are expected to be -p1003.2 compatible.
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