shtool-path man page

shtool path — GNU shtool command dealing with shell path variables


shtool path [-s|--suppress] [-r|--reverse] [-d|--dirname] [-b|--basename] [-m|--magic] [-p|--path path] str [str ...]


This command deals with shell $PATH variables. It can find a program through one or more filenames given by one or more str arguments. It prints the absolute filesystem path to the program displayed on "stdout" plus an exit code of 0 if it was really found.


The following command line options are available.

-s, --suppress
Supress output. Useful to only test whether a program exists with the help of the return code.
-r, --reverse
Transform a forward path to a subdirectory into a reverse path.
-d, --dirname
Output the directory name of str.
-b, --basename
Output the base name of str.
-m, --magic
Enable advanced magic search for ""perl"" and ""cpp"".
-p, --path path
Search in path. Default is to search in $PATH.


#   shell script
awk=`shtool path -p "${PATH}:." gawk nawk awk`
perl=`shtool path -m perl`
cpp=`shtool path -m cpp`
revpath=`shtool path -r path/to/subdir`


The GNU shtool path command was originally written by Ralf S. Engelschall <> in 1998 for Apache. It was later taken over into GNU shtool.

See Also

shtool(1), which(1).

Referenced By


shtool 2.0.8 18-Jul-2008 GNU Portable Shell Tool