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Linux in a Nutshell

This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

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basename name [suffix] basename option

Remove leading directory components from a path. If suffix is given, remove that also. The result is printed to standard output. This is useful mostly in a script when you need to work with a filename but can't predict its full path in every instance.



Print help message and then exit.


Print the version number and then exit.


$ basename /usr/lib/libm.a libm.a $ basename /usr/lib/libm.a .a libm

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