dirname man page

dirname — strip last component from file name


dirname [OPTION] NAME...


Output each NAME with its last non-slash component and trailing slashes removed; if NAME contains no /'s, output '.' (meaning the current directory).

-z, --zero
end each output line with NUL, not newline
display this help and exit
output version information and exit


dirname /usr/bin/
-> "/usr"
dirname dir1/str dir2/str
-> "dir1" followed by "dir2"
dirname stdio.h
-> "."


Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

Reporting Bugs

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See Also

basename(1), readlink(1)

Full documentation at: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/d…>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) dirname invocation'

Referenced By

basename(1), basename(3), cksfv(1).

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GNU coreutils 8.25 October 2016