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BASENAME(1) User Commands BASENAME(1)

basename - strip directory and suffix from filenames

basename NAME [SUFFIX]
basename OPTION... NAME...

Print NAME with any leading directory components removed. If specified, also remove a trailing SUFFIX.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-a, --multiple
support multiple arguments and treat each as a NAME
-s, --suffix=SUFFIX
remove a trailing SUFFIX
-z, --zero
separate output with NUL rather than newline
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

basename /usr/bin/sort
-> "sort"
basename include/stdio.h .h
-> "stdio"
basename -s .h include/stdio.h
-> "stdio"
basename -a any/str1 any/str2
-> "str1" followed by "str2"

GNU coreutils online help: <> Report basename translation bugs to <>

Written by David MacKenzie.

Copyright © 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

dirname(1), readlink(1)

The full documentation for basename is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and basename programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info coreutils 'basename invocation'

should give you access to the complete manual.

November 2020 GNU coreutils 8.22

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