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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for dirname (redhat section 1)

DIRNAME(1)								FSF								DIRNAME(1)

NAME
dirname - strip non-directory suffix from file name
SYNOPSIS
dirname NAME dirname OPTION
DESCRIPTION
Print NAME with its trailing /component removed; if NAME contains no /'s, output `.' (meaning the current directory). --help display this help and exit --version output version information and exit
AUTHOR
Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.
REPORTING BUGS
Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.
COPYRIGHT
Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICU- LAR PURPOSE.
SEE ALSO
The full documentation for dirname is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and dirname programs are properly installed at your site, the command info dirname should give you access to the complete manual. GNU coreutils 4.5.3 February 2003 DIRNAME(1)