BASENAME(1) BSD Reference Manual BASENAME(1)
basename, dirname - return filename or directory portion of pathname
basename string [suffix]
Basename deletes any prefix ending with the last slash `/' character pre-
sent in string, and a suffix, if given. The resulting filename is writ-
ten to the standard output. If string ends in the slash character, `/',
or is the same as the suffix argument, a newline is output. A non-
existent suffix is ignored.
Dirname deletes the filename portion, beginning with the last slash `/'
character to the end of string, and writes the result to the standard
The following line sets the shell variable FOO to /usr/bin.
Both the basename and dirname exit 0 on success, and >0 if an error oc-
The basename and dirname functions are expected to be POSIX 1003.2 com-
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