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OpenDarwin 7.2.1 - man page for dirname (opendarwin section 1)

BASENAME(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual			      BASENAME(1)

NAME
     basename, dirname -- return filename or directory portion of pathname

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 argu-
     ment.  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 '/' charac-
     ter to the end of string (after first stripping trailing slashes), and writes the result to
     the standard output.

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

	   FOO=`dirname /usr/bin/trail`

DIAGNOSTICS
     The basename and dirname utilities exit 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

SEE ALSO
     csh(1), sh(1)

STANDARDS
     The basename and dirname utilities are expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') compati-
     ble.

BSD					  April 18, 1994				      BSD


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