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BASENAME(1) General Commands Manual BASENAME(1) NAME basename, dirname - return filename or directory portion of pathname SYNOPSIS basename string [suffix] dirname string DESCRIPTION basename deletes any prefix ending with the last slash `/' character present in string, and a suffix, if given. The resulting filename is written to the standard 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 output. EXIT STATUS Both the basename and dirname utilities exit 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs. 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 conform to IEEE Std 1003.2-1992 ("POSIX.2"). NetBSD 8.0 April 18, 1994 NetBSD 8.0