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Old 09-30-2007
extracting a string

Hi All,

I am writing a shell script for which I am stuck with an extraction part.

I arrived till extraction of a path of file. Lets take an example.

I now have a file which contains following one line:


Now I want to extract only "/home/userid/mydir/any_num_dir/" part of the string. Note that initial number can be anything, any number if digits.

To simplify the problem statement, I want to extract from a line, only part which is between first "/" and last "/", test should be ignored.

I need this because I want to change directory to /home/userid/mydir/any_num_dir/

Please help.

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Old 09-30-2007
man dirname
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Old 09-30-2007
awk 'BEGIN { FS=OFS="/" } { $1=$NF=""; print}

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